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Virginia Next in Line to Expand E-Commerce Safe Zones Police promotes safe meeting spots

Virginia Next in Line to Expand E-Commerce Safe Zones

USA
2015-12-30 13:13

Several American cities has introduced so called safe zones for e-commerce related transactions. Abingdon, Virginia, is the country’s latest town to see the need for a safe transaction area.

Recently the Boston police announced it would arrange a "safe, well-lit and neutral location" where buyers and sellers could meet in order to complete transactions. The idea is to provide an area where the risk of theft is reduced.

Now The Abingdon Police Department has picked up on the idea. From now on the parking area outside the police station will function as a zone where people involved in a transaction can meet and exchange money and goods, according to The Bristol Herald Courier.

- The exchange zone creates a safer way to meet a stranger, instead of them coming to your home or meeting in an unfamiliar location. Using the exchange zone can cut down on your chances of being victimized. Because of our location, it is a natural meeting place to conduct transactions where face-to-face meetings are necessary, said department spokeswoman Tenille Montgomery.

E-Commerce Shoppers Victims of Crime

The safe zones were established after a string of crime associated to meeting with strangers to make transactions had occured across the US. Several people has ended up being victims of armed robberies and there have also been cases of rape and homicide.

And the zones have been well received, according to several police departments that The Bristol Herald Courier has talked to.

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- It has been very successful. While we don’t keep statistics on how many people actually use it, we see people in our parking lot quite often exchanging items. It has certainly been very well received even by those who have not actually taken advantage of it, said Jolene DeVito, Police Media Specialist in the city of Carrollton, Texas.

After Leesburg, Fairfax City and Bedford County, Abingdon is the fourth city in Virginia to present a safe e-commerce site. 

 

 

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