The Conshohocken Police Department is encouraging people to use its parking lot when completing transactions made through online sites such as Craigslist. With 24-hour surveillance cameras and lights, the department says it hopes to provide a safe place to hand over cash to strangers.
“Just a preventive measure on our part,” said Officer Steve Vallone. “Just trying to further keep the citizens in our general area safe during these transactions, and, hopefully, if we can stop a few crimes, then we are already ahead of the game.”
The “online transaction safe zone” is the first in the region. While he’s heard of crimes taking place during sales in other communities, Vallone said nothing has been reported locally.
Police parking lots are also often used by separated parents with shared child custody arrangements.