Edson, Alberta – The Edson RCMP detachment is introducing an Exchange Zone program to help provide a safe place for people to meet when buying and selling items online. The Edson RCMP feel this is another step forward in proactively reducing crime in the community.
The Exchange Zone is located in the front parking lot of the RCMP detachment and has two designated parking stalls that are reserved for these exchanges. It is intended to provide citizens with a safe alternative when meeting someone for the first time regarding the sale or purchase of items listed online.
The Exchange Zone will be available at all times, however RCMP encourage residents to visit during daytime hours. Officers will not be available to supervise these meetings or help people negotiate their sales.
“When you make a purchase or sale from a social media app and need to meet someone whom you don’t know, these spots are for you,” says Staff Sergeant Christian Delisle, Detachment Commander of the Edson RCMP. “If you don’t feel safe having someone come to your residence, we want you to use these parking spots.”
When making arrangements to complete online transactions face-to-face, people are encouraged to follow these safety tips:
Don’t go alone
Take your cell phone with you
Do not carry large sums of cash
Trust your instincts, if it sounds like a scam it probably is
Be cautious when buying/selling high value items.
Perform the transaction during daylight hours
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is
If somebody is not willing to come to the police department to do a transaction it is probably not a legitimate transaction
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