The Groton Police Department has installed an On-Line safe zone in the parking lot in front of its facility at 99 Pleasant Street for those who want to make online transactions in person in a safe place.

The hope is that this “On-Line exchange safety zone” will provide a well-lit, camera-monitored place for people to make property exchanges and online sales transactions.  For example, if someone were to purchase something on Craigslist they would have a safe place to exchange money for whatever they are purchasing.

“We initially learned about the exchange zones from various national media sources around the country, and decided a similar zone for our citizens would aid in their safety and protection,” said Chief of Police Donald Palma.  “If someone is not willing to meet you at the police station to transfer property for money, you probably don’t want to be doing business with them.”

“We are seeing more and more safety zones being designated at other law enforcement facilities and I think that this is a great resource for our citizens,” he added. The locations could also be used for child custody exchanges as well.

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