Two more Texas police departments have joined the growing number of stations offering a safe place for citizens to conduct online transactions. LaPorte and Rowlett Police Departments have both designated a portion of their front parking lots, complete with signs and camera surveillance. Read the full story here.
LaPorte Police Department
The Denison Police Department has new “safe exchange zones.” They’re parking spaces on the east side of the building, marked with paint on the pavement. To read news coverage, click here.
Brownsville police are using their headquarters and two community centers as safe zones to decrease the chances of citizens' getting ripped off.
Specially designed signs are on the 10-minute parking poles right in front of the station, with security cameras right behind the signs.
The San Antonio Police Department is offering all six of it's substations as designated safe zones for Craigslist transactions.
To help protect consumers and prevent future crimes, Bedford, Texas, and many other communities around the country are rolling out “online safe or exchange zones.”
“It’s safe, it's monitored 24/7,” said Natalie Foster, a spokesperson for the city of Bedford. “We have a live feed from the camera piped into our dispatch, which is staffed around the clock. The video is kept for 30 days and it also has infrared. So at nighttime, even though the parking lot is really bright and lit up, it’s capturing everything.”