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Springfield Police Offer Safe Zone for Transactions Initiated Online

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Online sites like Craigslist and Facebook can be a great way to sell and purchase used items.  But they can also lead to robbery and other crimes.  That’s why the Springfield Police Department has designated a parking spot at its headquarters at 321 E. Chestnut Expressway, as a secure location for completing transactions initiated online.

According to the police department, they’ve received reports in recent years of the buying/selling of stolen property and even reports of the planned transactions turning into robberies.

Springfield police chief, Paul Williams, says those who use the internet to buy, sell or trade goods need to use common sense and watch out for red flags when making those transactions with strangers.

Department officials say they can’t guarantee this will eliminate criminal activity associated with online sales and purchases, but they want to offer peace of mind to residents. Williams says they feel the parking space is “a much safer alternative than meeting at a random spot or at one’s residence.”

The parking lot of police headquarters can be used by the public anytime, and the lobby is open to the public from 7 am to 11 pm seven days a week.

Citizens are encouraged to use the area closest to the building entrance during daytime hours if possible.

If they can’t meet at Police Headquarters, they’re encouraged to meet in daylight in a public place. They should also try to bring a friend or family member along or at least let someone know what they’re doing and when and where they’ll be making the transaction.

If you become the victim of a crime, call 911 or the Springfield Police Department at 864-1810.