North Ogden offers safe zone for Craigslist purchase meet-ups

Friday , December 18, 2015 - 1:07 PM

A “Safe Exchange Zone” has been created in North Ogden City to make the buying and selling of online items safer for residents.

The marked, well-lit spots in the parking lot are for people making transactions with others they've met on Internet sites that facilitate the sale and purchase of items. 

“The city was approached by citizens who have seen this done in other cities,” North Ogden Detective Paul Rhoades said.

Two parking stalls in front of the North Ogden Police Department have video surveillance and have been dedicated as a Safe Exchange Zones.

As purchasing products on the Internet has grown in popularity, so have the number of transactions that turn into scams, robberies or worse, according to the North Ogden Police Department.

“When purchasing items online, it can be kinda scary, and you don’t want people going to your house,” Rhoades said. “It gives people a safe place to meet that is recorded on camera.”

The department also says on its Facebook page that as a rule, if you are meeting a stranger for the purpose of conducting a transaction, it's a good idea to do so in a public place where there are other people who can help in an emergency. 

The “Safe Exchange Zone” can also be used for child custody and other property exchanges.

The North Ogden Police Department is located at 515 E. 2600 N.

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