The Lethbridge Police Service has implemented a Safe Exchange Zone to provide extra security for online buyers and sellers meeting in person to exchange goods.
Two parking spaces in the front lot of the police station, 135 1 Avenue South, have been designated as a safe zone and police are encouraging members of the public to use them.
“We have always advised people to meet in a public place to complete transactions that have been arranged online, as opposed to inviting a stranger to their home or workplace,” said Cst. Steve Baker, Community Liaison Officer. “Now that most of the construction on our building has been completed, we’re able to provide a safe zone that is accessible and CCTV monitored."
In addition, the safe zone can also be used in custody situations where parents require a neutral location to exchange children.
Police recommend that anyone meeting face-to-face to complete an online transaction should do so in a public place, be accompanied by another person, inspect the item before exchanging any money or in-kind goods and do not give personal or banking information over the internet.
**MEDIA AVAILABILITY: Cst. Steve Baker will be available for media interviews today at 1:30 p.m. at the police station. Meet Cst. Baker in the front parking lot near the new Safe Exchange Zone.