The Marysville Division of Police parking lot is now a “safe zone” for in-person transactions of items advertised online.
The public parking area is well lit and monitored by video surveillance 24 hours a day, providing buyers and sellers a safe place to conduct transactions from Craigslist or through classified ads.
Having a “safe zone” is a great way to discourage criminal activity during an exchange, police say.
“If an individual is not willing to meet in a safe location, chances are they are planning some type of illegal activity,” said Police Chief Floyd Golden. “The Police Division’s top priority is the safety of our citizens, and the reason we are offering this alternative to other meeting locations.”
There is no requirement to notify the police division of a transaction. Police officers will not be involved in exchanges; however, they frequently drive through the parking area. Preferred hours for transactions are between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily.
Teresa Everly runs several online classified pages, and said this idea is a “perfect answer.”
“It’s important to have that safety so that I don’t have to worry about these women going out, or even men going out to some stranger’s house and something happening to them,” she said.
Other police departments around central Ohio said they have not started this service.
Chief Floyd Golden said his department is “always looking for ways to help prevent crime.”
“I hope this gives them a little peace of mind when they’re making their transactions,” he said.