Douglas County sellers and buyers looking to complete Craigslist and other online transactions now can do so with the safety of video surveillance at two law enforcement locations.
The sheriff’s office has reserved four parking spaces at the Douglas County Justice Center, 4000 Justice Way in Castle Rock, and two spaces at the Highlands Ranch Substation, 9250 Zotos Drive, as “internet purchase exchange” locations.
While video surveillance is provided, officials warn that the transactions continue to be the responsibility of the involved parties.
Fort Collins Police Services in Colorado recently designated two public exchange zones for sales and trades between citizens. The areas provide a safe alternative to meeting someone at their residence to buy or sell an item.
Stop by the police station's public lobby, 2221 S. Timberline Road, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday or 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The north public parking lot of the police station can be used 24/7. Both areas are well-lit with video surveillance.
The rules? You can't sell or exchange weapons, drugs or illegal items at either location. You also can't ask Fort Collins Police Services employees to be witnesses of the exchange, ask them to give legal advice or settle disputes related to the exchange. Employees aren't responsible for ensuring the value, authenticity or legitimacy of exchanges.