Police creating ‘safe zones’ for those buying and selling online

Global News

Police in several Canadian jurisdictions are creating “safe zones” at police stations for those buying and selling items online.

The safe zones will provide extra security for those doing face-to-face transactions that were arranged on Internet classified sites like Kijiji or Craigslist. 

Niagara Regional Police is the latest to move forward with the idea, according to the Welland Tribune. Orangeville, Ont., Midland, Ont., and Vancouver have also recently offered the service.

“People are free to meet in front of the police station or in the lobby as an added security measure when making a Craigslist purchase,” said Brian Montague, spokesperson for the Vancouver police department in an interview with Global News. “They must realize that the police station is a very busy place of business and ask that they use common sense if they choose to meet there.”

On its personal safety page, Craigslist says “consider making high-value exchanges at your…

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