Ogden City Council approves a safe exchange zone

Thursday , July 28, 2016 - 6:00 AM1 comment

CATHY MCKITRICK, Standard-Examiner Staff

OGDEN — Purchasing secondhand goods through online sites such as KSL.com or Craigslist carries the potential of dealing with unsavory characters who have more in mind than selling a bicycle or couch.

But now, Ogden has a dedicated zone where such transactions can safely take place in full view of high-definition video surveillance cameras and within shouting distance of the law.

On Tuesday, Ogden City Council members voted 6-0 in favor of establishing the new zone in a designated parking area in front of the Francom Public Safety Building at 2186 Lincoln Ave. 

Kevin Twingstrom, an IT project manager with Ogden City, helped establish the new zone. 

“What we wanted to do was provide a place where people could feel secure,” Twingstrom said, adding that the spot not only works for exchanging goods, but also to hand minors off in child custody situations. “I’m excited, I use KSL sometimes. I sold a guitar and had to meet the customer in a Chick-fil-A parking lot.”

Ogden followed the lead of North Ogden and Layton, cities that already have safe exchange zones. Ogden Mayor Mike Caldwell said the Ogden Police Department suggested moving in that direction, and he was happy to help make it happen.


“We want that kind of free exchange in our city where people know we have a safe place where they can come, and if they’ve made an agreement, it’s on camera,” Caldwell said. “And if something weird happens, they can immediately get some help.”

For more information about Ogden’s new exchange zone, go to www.ogdencity.com.

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