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East Brunswick Police Establish 'Safe Exchange Zone' for Online Traders

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EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - East Brunswick residents participate in a variety of online "garage sale" or other forms of interpersonal trades, sales, and swaps. Recent national incidents indicate that those involved with in-person sales, transactions and exchanges originating from online marketplaces such as “Craigslist” have experienced an increase in violence, fraud and theft by deception. 

In an effort to promote safer transactions between strangers, the East Brunswick Police Department encourages residents to use their local police department’s designated parking lots and lobbies as a meeting place for in-person transactions.

The East Brunswick Police Department has recently created a “Safe Exchange Zone” to assist residents in conducting their transaction in the safe environment of our Municipal Court parking lot next to Police Headquarters. It is a safe place for participants to meet and conduct transactions. 

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It is not the intent of the East Brunswick Police Department to provide police personnel or staff to witness any transaction in person, but the video surveillance by and proximity to police personnel is meant to increase the public’s peace of mind when they engage in such transactions with unfamiliar individuals. 

The “Safe Exchange Zone” is another way the police department is trying to keep the safety of the public in mind, given the advances in technology and the internet. 

The designated “Safe Exchange Zone” will be available to the public from 8:30 a.m.to 11 p.m., seven days a week in the parking lot of the Municipal Court next to Police Headquarters. Access to the Police Headquarters lobby may also be granted at the discretion of the Station Commander for exchanges involving smaller non-bulky items on a case-by-case basis during non-court hours.

 

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