In Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, Mayor Don Walters designated the Cuyahoga Falls Police Department an Internet Purchase Exchange Location to cut down on crime during in-person transactions.
Nearby Avon Lake and Lorain have similar programs.
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The Medina Township Police Department has created what it intends to be a safe haven for transactions with two dedicated parking spots in its lot at 4877 Fenn Road.
The lot is marked and there will be video surveillance cameras operating 24 hours a day, seven days a week. For full story click here.
As a way to make exchanges through mediums like Facebook or Craigslist safer, the Butler County Sheriff’s Office launched its "Safe Exchange Zone," opening the jail lobby, located at 705 Hanover Street, Hamilton from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week for people to meet when they engage in an online exchange. To read more, click here.
The Delaware County Sheriff's Office installed signs dedicating two parking spots at the county jail as an "exchange safe zone" for residents.
Sheriff's office spokeswoman Tracy Whited said the spots, which will be under 24-hour video surveillance, give residents a chance to exchange goods or custody of children in a safe place.
Whited said she and her colleagues got the idea for the spaces when they saw a custody exchange take place near the sheriff's administrative offices on North Sandusky Street in Delaware. After conducting some online research, she discovered it has become a common practice for police agencies to provide secure spaces for transactions.
"I was blown away at how many law-enforcement agencies ... across the U.S. already had these in place," she said.
Delaware County Sheriff's deputy Brian Carter and sheriff's office spokeswoman Tracy Whited are pictured at the new "exchange safe zone" in the parking lot of the Delaware County jail, 844 U.S. Route 42 N. The zone, under constant video surveillance, gives people a safe place to exchange goods bought or sold online, or custody of children. A deputy will not be present during exchanges.
An Internet Transaction Safety Zone has been established at the Scott Park District Station. The station is open and police personnel are present 24 hours a day, every single day of the year. The public parking lot and desk areas are well lit with handicap accessible entry into the station.
Dayton Police's east district is setting up a pilot program called Safe Exchange. Safe Exchange is designed to provide a safe location for families to make custodial exchanges and to assist residents with the exchange of products purchased or sold online. This service is part of the Dayton Police Department's commitment to community safety.