Evesham Township Police Department is proud to announce the designation of a safety zone where citizens can make sales and purchases through sites like Craigslist.
"The safe transaction zones is designed to help protect our citizens as robberies, thefts and scams become more prevalent with online transaction sites," Chief Christopher Chew.
The zone has been set up in the lobby of the Evesham Township Police Headquarters at 984 Tuckerton Road, Marlton NJ. The lobby and surrounding parking lots are well-lit and monitored by state of the art surveillance system.
The announcement comes after a previous investigation where a man was charged in the deaths of a couple whose bodies were found in rural Georgia. They apparently were lured by the suspect through a Craigslist ad with hopes of buying an antique Mustang convertible. The victims, in their 60s, had been shot in the head.
Members of the Evesham Police Department say they will not participate in transactions or act as witnesses. "Our employees are not available for legal advice or allowed to settle disputes between parties involved in transactions occurring in our facilities," Chew said. Transactions involving weapons, drugs or drug paraphernalia are barred from the zones.
The lobby of the Evesham Police Department, 984 Tuckerton Road, is open 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m. Monday through Friday.
Anyone using one of the facilities to complete a transaction is asked to notify the front desk. Residents using the facilities during the weekend or after hours are encouraged to use the parking lots, which are under video surveillance.