In Lyndhurst, N.J., a "safe-trade zone" that allows residents to exchange products purchased through sites like Craigslist has been set up outside the police department.
Police Chief Jim O'Connor said police are seeing an increase in e-commerce transactions that end in violence, sexual assault or robbery.
Two designated parking spots behind Lyndhurst Police Headquarters are monitored with video surveillance and are well lit. O'Connor said residents can use the police department lobby as well to make the exchange. O'Connor and Public Safety Commissioner John Montillo set up the zone hoping to limit the chances of residents being victims of crime.
Bloomingdale, Closter, Allendale and Butler also have set up safe zones.
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The South Brunswick Police Dept. has created a “Safe Exchange Zone” for residents to meet when selling or buying items online. East Brunswick police designated a similar safe exchange spot earlier this month.
Two spots have been designated in the parking lot of the police station, which is well lit. People can meet and sell their goods there without fear of being ripped off. While officers will not be actively monitoring transactions, the spots are directly in front of the police department lobby doors. Look for the signs that say: “Reserved Parking – Safe Exchange Zone – 15 Min Parking Limit – 24 Hour Monitoring."
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The department created the space in their parking lot - called an Internet Purchase Exchange Location - for residents to meet up with users to either sell or purchase items.
The Bordentown Township police are now offering people a "safe zone" to complete transactions they arranged online. The municipal building's well-lit lobby is open 24 hours a day and is monitored by surveillance cameras.
The Woodland Park mayor and council recently passed a resolution to establish "safe zones," which are in the parking lot of the Woodland Park municipal complex and in the lobby of the Woodland Park Police Department.
The Hillsdale SafeTrade Station — in the department’s lobby and back parking lot — is one of many safe zones being created by police departments and communities around the country so people can complete transactions with strangers after buying or selling something online. People do not need to be a resident of the town.
A spot outside of the Chester Borough Police Department on North Road was designated as the "Internet Exchange Purchase Location" and is monitored 24/7 by surveillance cameras.
The borough's first safe zone is in the lobby of police headquarters, 1211 North Delaware Street. The lobby is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. A second safe zone is planned for the parking lot of the borough's municipal building, but that location is not yet ready for transactions.
The Cherry Hill Police Department has established a series of designated safe zones where residents can complete sales and purchases through Craiglist and similar bartering/swapping websites.