STEPHENVILLE (July 16, 2015) – With the use of websites such as Craigslist and EBay on the rise, many people are making transactions through the Internet. Selling or buying items through these websites often requires that people meet in person, which is not always a safe situation. The Stephenville Police Department created a solution by establishing a safe exchange zone downtown.
Having a safe exchange zone will reduce dangerous situations and crimes such as the murder of a Georgia couple in January. They were killed when they went to pick up a car a man sold them on EBay.
“The safe exchange zone provides a place where buyers can feel safe,” Stephenville Police Chief Jason King said.
Citizens are welcome to use the safe exchange zone as a place for parents to meet when exchanging children in a custody agreement or as a place for people to meet when buying or selling items.
“Other towns already have these safe exchange zones,” King said. “We are trying to be proactive.”
This safe exchange zone is two parking spots in the front parking lot of the Stephenville Police Department. These spots are painted blue to distinguish them from the rest of the lot.