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Avon Police offer safe zone for Craigslist transactions

The Avon Police Department is the latest to offer a safe zone for Craigslist transactions. (Source: WOIO) The Avon Police Department is the latest to offer a safe zone for Craigslist transactions. (Source: WOIO)
Transactions can be conducted in the parking lot, captured on surveillance video. (Source: WOIO) Transactions can be conducted in the parking lot, captured on surveillance video. (Source: WOIO)
AVON, OH (WOIO) - The Avon Police Department has designated itself as a "Craigslist safe transaction zone," where buyers and sellers looking to make an exchange can meet for a safe deal. 

Although buying and selling online is convenient, it comes with real dangers. After many violent Craigslist transactions nationwide, police and council members hope the department's parking lot will provide a safe place to conduct transactions. There are multiple cameras in the parking lot to ensure safety for everyone involved.

You do not have to be an Avon resident to take advantage of this offer. 

Councilwoman at-large Tammy Holtzmeier supports the idea. 

"They would sell their kid's clothes, or their husband's sporting goods in parking lots of retail stores, but now they're actually going to come to their local police stations. And I'm happy about that. It's going to help make people safer," said Holtzmeier.

Holtzmeier says if you feel uneasy about meeting, call police ahead of time to let them know you're coming. Meetings can be scheduled 24/7, but no items may be stored at the department.

Avon Police offer these safety tips for conducting a transaction with an unknown buyer:

• Use a phone or camera to capture a photograph of the vehicle and license plate.

• Only accept cash or a cashier's check for sale. Although personal checks have some risks, the buyer can contact the listed bank to verify an account is active.

• Conduct sales during weekdays so banking or financial institutions can be contacted if there is a problem.

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