Medicine Hat, Alberta – In an effort to enhance safety, the Medicine Hat Police Service has established an Internet Transaction Zone, located in a designated area in front of the MHPS at 884 2nd Street SE. There are two signs posted that clearly identify the spots available.
The transaction zone may be used by individuals conducting legal purchases and sales, or for any other type of legitimate exchange, including child custody exchanges by parents. The area is well lit at night and is under continuous video surveillance, which is recorded but not live monitored.
Under normal circumstances, there will be no police intervention and police officers will not mediate private transactions, documentations or be witness to a transaction. However, should one of the parties request an officer, one will respond. The MHPS assumes no liability for those using this zone and officers will only intervene if the transaction becomes a criminal matter.
The goal for creating a zone for Internet transactions was to reduce risk to those involved in buying and selling transactions, by bringing the meeting to a public place.
- Do not provide personal or financial information.
- When possible communicate via email so that a record is kept.
- Be cautious when buying or selling high value items.
- Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.
- Perform the transactions during daylight hours when possible.
- Never agree to meet someone you are not familiar with in a location you are not familiar with.
- Do not go alone.
- Take your cell phone with you and tell a friend about your intentions.
- Do not carry large sums of cash.
Medicine Hat Police Service