The Chesterfield Sheriff's Office has created a "safe exchange zone" outside the county’s courthouse where online buyers and sellers can meet.
The area is meant to be a place where buyers and sellers can meet safely so people do not have make exchanges in dark parking lots or at their homes.
The Chesterfield Sheriff's Office says their new safe zone is at the main courthouse and painted blue. Read the full story here.
Several Virginia city and county police stations have opened their lobbies and parking lots to citizens conducting exchanges arranged on sites such as Craigslist. Most recently, the Stafford and Petersburg County Sheriffs' Offices, as well as the cities of Spotsylvania and Fredericksburg have joined the more than 200 law enforcement agencies across the country offering this service. To see if your local police department is on the list, click here. If not, contact them and ask, or refer them to SafeTrade.com.
The station's parking lot at 425 West Main Street is available to citizens' use for internet-based exchanges.