To keep Craigslist exchanges from going bad, “safe transaction zones” offer police supervision while meeting strangers
The Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office (New York) is offering residents a safer place to conduct these in-person transactions.
Two “Safe Transaction Zones” have been established to prevent some of the crimes associated with online transactions, like robbery, theft and assault. The zones, located outside the Sheriff’s facilities in Riverhead and Yaphank, are in full view of on-duty deputy sheriffs and will help deter criminals who are looking to commit crimes against unsuspecting strangers online.
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Police stations across the country are encouraging sellers and buyers to meet at police stations to exchange goods. In South Florida, police departments, including Miami-Dade, North Miami, Miami Beach, Pinecrest and the Broward Sheriff’s Office, are spreading the word that police stations are the safest place to conduct an online sales transaction.
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Pinecrest Village officials announced Thursday they are now offering their police department’s lobby and parking lots, 24 hours every day, to those looking to buy and sell items via classified advertisement websites, such as Craigslist.
The Lee's Summit police department is one of a growing list of stations opening their stations to citizens for use a safe location to conduct Craigslist and other online sales.