For those wary of in-person transactions with buyers and sellers of online items, several police departments have deated safe meeting areas. Bridgeport, Orange and Hartford police departments are among those providing meeting spots this holiday season for those using Craigslist or similar sites.
Police stations are open around the clock, well-lighted and under video surveillance. We are offering the front of our headquarters as a safe, convenient alternative.
There has been a rise in crime against people using Craigslist, OfferUp, Letgo and other sites where individuals can buy and sell items, said Sgt. Deputy Chief Max Martins of the Orange Police Department said the holiday season felt like an appropriate time to offer a safe the deated meeting spot. And the idea has caught on with other police departments.
According to OfferUp, over 1, similar sites have been set up around the country by law enforcement agencies. About 20 Connecticut municipalities that have formally deated spots.
The victim in that case, year-old Felix DeJesus, of Cromwell, was shot dead in by a man who responded to his ad. Foley said the department realized the internet safe zone would be similar to something it already had — pick-up and drop-off location provided for parents with custody arrangements.
Two years after they put up theirHartford police said they see exchanges about twice a day, as internet strangers buy everything from digital gadgets to motorcycles. Internet-transaction robberies continue to happen at non-secure locations.
And online markets have only grown as competitors take on Craigslist. Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez said online shopping can be tricky.
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