Merrill, Wisconsin's Health and Safety Committee has unanimously approved the creation of an “Internet Exchange Safe Zone,” located in the parking lot of the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office on the east side between the Lincoln County Jail and Walgreens. The area will be open for public use 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, free of charge.
The Hortonville Village Board recently approved creating one of the area’s first Internet exchange safe zones.
Two overhead lights and a surveillance camera cover the area just outside the police department’s squad room windows.
The exchange zone is open 24 hours, and people do not need to ask permission to use the area.
“We prefer people trade or make their exchanges during the day, but we understand that doesn’t always happen,” said Hortonville Police Chief Michael Sullivan (pictured below). “Our goal is to do everything we can to make it safe for the consumer and the seller.” To read the article which appeared in the February 10 Waupaca County News, and which received 6,000 hits, click here.
Greenfield Police on Sunday unveiled a new effort to fight crooks on sites like Craigslist, which offer peer-to-peer shopping for everything from cars to couches, sports tickets to sports equipment.
The proposal is to set up a "safe zone" in the police department's parking lot for people to complete their transaction.
"It's a support for the people who are honestly using these websites and exchanges to be comfortable in what they're doing," said Sgt. Peter Regenfelder. "We just don't want to anyone to get hurt."
The village established a safe zone where in-person transactions can be made. It's at the Delton Fire Department and EMS facility at 45 Miller Drive in Lake Delton. There's a sign posted in the northwest parking lot that says "Internet Purchase Exchange Location."
Authorities say the location is monitored with video cameras and a constant public safety presence.