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The online classified site Craigslist updated its safety page this week, encouraging users to make exchanges at local police stations. Some police departments across the country are already offering up their headquarters as voluntary "safe zones" for Craigslist deals.
Hartford police are calling it Operation Safe Lot and the idea is to provide the public a well-guarded space for buying and selling its stuff. Foley says it's in response to crime spikes tied to Craigslist deals in the city.
And even though the parking lot is small, he says officers are willing to work around occasional electronics or furniture swaps happening right outside their front door.
"If it's gonna prevent a robbery, if it's gonna prevent a homicide, if it's gonna make our citizens feel safe ... we can live with it," Foley says. "We don't want it to become a flea market out there, but certainly it hasn't been a problem."
originally posted by: cuckooold
Frequently on ATS there are stories of police brutality, 'suicide by cop', and there is a general mistrust of the authorities. As a musician, and a person who buys second hand goods of value via Gumtree (sort of an Australian Craigslist), I don't see this offer from the police as a bad thing at all, but more as a community service that can inspire trust and facilitate a safer environment for commercial transactions not taking place in established venues.