Creating a “Community Safe Zone” to facilitate property transactions arranged online.
Online classified and auction sites are often used as tools to sell stolen property to unknowing victims and can present a safety threat. In order to increase public safety and reduce crime, the Ontario Provincial Police is inviting members of the public to use their OPP detachment parking lot to facilitate property transactions arranged online.
The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police has launched an online buy and sell exchange zone at the Collingwood OPP detachment in an effort to make online transactions safer for buyers and sellers.
The purpose of Project Safe Trade is to create a ‘community safe zone’ at an OPP detachment parking lot in which to facilitate online property transactions.
Creating a “community safe zone” is about moving online transactions away from secluded parking lots, personal residences or other areas and bringing them to a public place.
Police invite members of the public to use the OPP ‘safe trade’ designated parking spaces at the Collingwood detachment. These safe trade parking spaces are available at all times with no appointment necessary.
Collingwood OPP Parking Lot – Safe Trade designated parking spaces
The OPP does not monitor or mediate the use of these premises for these purposes.
For more information visit www.OPP.ca and search Project Safe Trade.
Online transaction safety tips:
• Meet in a busy public place
• Bring a trusted friend or family member along as a witness
• Keep transactions to daylight hours
• Do not erase emails, texts or voicemails between yourself and the seller/buyer
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