Reminder: Meet your sellers or buyers in the Town’s “Internet Safety Transaction Zone”

Above: The public safety complex parking lot is also the Town’s Internet Transaction Safety Zone (image left by Susan Fitzgerald and right from Facebook)

Southborough Police posted a reminder on Facebook that I thought was worth sharing.

Anyone shopping for bargains on eBay or Craig’s List may want to avoid meeting at a strange location. And if you are using the shopping season to make a little extra cash, it’s probably not the best idea to invite strangers to your home.

That’s why Southborough Police created a safe zone for meeting up. The intent is to allow people to safely conduct transactions arranged over the internet. (I assume these are limited to legal transactions!)

In addition to being a safe, well lit area, it’s a quick trot over to the dispatch desk if you think you just got ripped off.

The department made the announcement in August 2015. Here’s a reminder of those details:

Internet Transaction Safety Zone

Internet Safety Transaction Zone in SPD parking lot
(click to enlarge)

The Southborough Police Department would like to announce the establishment of an Internet Transaction Safety Zone in the Public Safety Complex Parking Lot (see photo [right]) as part of our ongoing commitment to community safety.

Our goal is to reduce the chance of being the victim of a criminal act involving an internet sales transaction on popular sites such as Craigslist or Online Yard Sale. The Police Station is open 24 hours a day, every single day of the year. The lot is well lighted and monitored through video surveillance with one dedicated entrance/exit route. Officers will only intervene if the transaction becomes disorderly or becomes a criminal matter. The public can check in at the dispatch desk if needed.

Parking can be accessed in any open marked space in the rear lot between the Police and Fire Station. All citizens are encouraged to take advantage of the Internet Transaction Safety Zone.

The exact address is 19 Main Street in the Public Safety Complex. A map of the lot and further information can also be found on our Facebook page.

Thank you.” – Chief Kenneth M. Paulhus

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