Mayor orders security, surveillance after vandals strike Greenfield Energy Park

  • The new train play structure at the Greenfield Energy Park shortly after it was installed.

  • Recorder Staff/Tom RelihanThe pistol grips and cords of the electric car charger in the Miles Street Energy Park parking lot were recently cut off and stolen, prompting a vandalism investigation by the town.

Recorder Staff
Published: 8/29/2016 11:02:11 AM

GREENFIELD — The town is investigating a recent spate of vandalism involving the destruction of electric car chargers in town parking lots and property damage in the Energy Park.

On Miles Street, both of the cords on the free electric car charging stations were cut from the unit, with the pistol grips that plug into cars stolen, according to a press release from the mayor’s office.

The pistol grip for the charger near the Davis Street parking lot was run over and cracked, and the newly installed playground train in the Miles Street Energy Park was also damaged — the flower pot decorating it was smashed to pieces.

In response, Mayor William Martin has ordered the charging stations secured and has requested surveillance footage overlooking the area from the police department, the release said. Martin will also consider increasing the level of video surveillance at the park.

“It is hoped we might garner additional information from the video footage and/or at least discourage those who would engage in such antisocial practices,” Martin said. “The ... social responsibility most of us anticipate from others seems to be a lost cause. Some residents are disrespectful to their fellow citizens and juvenile in their behavior. If they are able to read this and their judgment is not so impaired, let them know vandalism does not get a free pass if you’re a teenager, and keep in mind that city property damage by an adult is a crime.”

Martin said the town will consider the cost to repair or replace electric car chargers and then decide whether they will be repaired or removed.

“Destruction of public property affects all of us and the quality of life we aspire to in Greenfield,” Martin said.

You can reach Tom Relihan at: 413-772-0261, ext 264


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