WESTFIELD, NJ — If you’re going to meet a stranger to exchange goods, where better a place to do it than in front of a police station.
The Westfield Police Department Headquarters is now an “Internet Purchase Exchange Location,” police announced on Wednesday.
The public is welcome to conduct in-person internet transactions outside the main entrance to the Westfield Police Department Headquarters or inside the police department lobby, the police said.
“We continue to serve and protect the community by offering a safe, well-lit, recorded area for internet purchases thereby protecting both the seller and buyer,” said Police Chief Christopher Battiloro in a statement.
Police offered these safety tips for in-person Internet transactions:
- Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe, bank or shopping center.
- Do not meet in a secluded place or invite strangers into your home.
- Be especially careful buying/selling high-value items.
- Tell a friend or family member where you’re going.
- Take your cell phone along.
- Consider having a friend accompany you.
- Trust your instincts.
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