Police offering ‘internet purchase safe exchange zones’ at precincts

Police offering internet safe exchange zones at precincts

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A weekend shooting during an internet sales transaction at the Walmart located on Greenway Drive proved to be deadly.

The incident has raised awareness about the dangers of meeting up with strangers to buy or sell items.

There are several safe places to do this type of business.

When it comes to purchasing, police departments across the metro are opening their doors to do the deal at their doorstep.

“You have 24-hour surveillance," said Detective Robert Nordan with Clinton Police Department. "If need be, you can go inside and make your exchange. If you don’t feel comfortable outside, it’s just a good place to do it.”

Clinton police, like many other law enforcement departments, are staffed around the clock and encourage buyers and sellers to call them as they conduct person-to-person transactions.

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internet safe exchange (Source: David Kenney)

“What we recommend is to come to the police department," said Assistant Police Chief Eric Redd with the Ridgeland Police Department said. "Come to our lobby and tell the person to meet them there or come in the parking lot. Because our parking lot has surveillance, it’s a pretty safe place to go. You never know what you’re getting, could be a counterfeit product from people, could be a robbery, things happen like that.”

Well-lit public places can be okay, but there’s nothing like having an officer nearby.

“You’re setting yourself up to be robbed," said Sheriff Bryan Bailey of the Rankin County Sheriff’s Department. "I know we’ve had cases in the past where somebody says they’re selling a laptop computer for a couple hundred dollars. They take the money, open the box and it’s full of bricks.”

Sheriff Bryan Bailey says his office often checks to make sure items for sale aren't stolen. He's got eyes on his parking lot and lobby 24 hours a day, should you need a safe space to make a transaction.

Jackson police recommend doing transactions at any one of their four police precincts.

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