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.

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“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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