The rise in popularity of Craigslist, eBay and similar e-commerce websites has been accompanied by a string of incidents across the US regarding fraudulent or dangerous exchanges. Stories about robberies, rapes and homicides have led police across the country to create safe exchange zones.
Now the Streetsboro police department has joined the movement with the creation of an e-commerce safety zone in the department's parking lot for residents to meet, and make e-commerce-related exchanges.
Spreading Like Wildfire
The use of safe zones appears to have started in the summer of 2014 in Boca Raton, Florida, and has since spread to police parking lots and lobbies throughout the country. In December the Boston police and Abingdon police department picked up on the idea, and recently Streetsboro residents expressed that they also wanted an e-commerce safety zone.
– Over the past few years, we have seen several cases in the news where individuals are physically harmed in some way during an exchange resulting in an online purchase. These exchanges were taking place at locations where the victim was alone with the attacker. Now our residents will have a safe and secure location for their internet sale exchanges, the city´s police department posted on its Facebook-page yesterday.