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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