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Internet Exchange Zones Provide Safe Haven for Online Buyers and Sellers

Posted by Steve Paulus on May 27, 2016 8:47:50 AM

Buying and selling items on the Internet is simple, but exchanging them face-to-face can leave anyone vulnerable.

That’s why police departments across the nation are establishing Internet exchange zones for citizens to conduct meet-up transactions. 

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Brown Deer Crime Prevention Officer Brad Caddock with TAPCO Internet Exchange Zone Sign

These designated meeting locations offer an alternative to the usual Walmart parking lot meet-up geared toward making online transactions safe for everyone involved. 

Oftentimes, Internet exchange zones are located outside of police or fire departments and are under video surveillance. Some police stations offer up their lobbies as well. Depending on each municipality, video surveillance is live during a set time throughout the day or 24/7. 

Custom signs are located at each designated internet exchange zone and usually state what time video-surveillance is active. 

If you plan to buy or sell items through Craigslist, eBay, social media or other online marketplaces that require a face-to-face exchange, call your local police department and ask if your city, village or township has an Internet exchange zone for you to conduct your transaction.

Want an Internet exchange zone in your city? Let TAPCO design your city's custom-made sign.

 

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