We might finally be able to say goodbye to shady, anxiety-inducing meetups with strangers who want to buy our stuff. Buying and selling online can feel like an even scarier blind date sometimes. Luckily, Edmonton Police have set up "safe exchange zones" around their station so we can have buy-and-sell interactions with strangers without feeling like we might get robbed. These Edmonton buy-and-sell safe spots will be monitored by video cameras 24/7. 

We've all had our fair share of nervous moments when we meet up with someone from Kijiji, Craigslist, or someone from the Facebook Marketplace. 

But these new 'Safe Exchange Zones' should help us chill out a bit when we meet up to buy our second-hand stuff.

In their press release, the Edmonton Police Service gives us the scoop on where these locations are set up, and they also provide a list of basic safety measures that the public can practice when conducting these buy-and-sell transactions. 

The safe zones are set up on two spots in the EPS Southwest Division public parking lot, so you can feel pretty good about your chances if things start to feel like a scam during your exchange. 

Residents are being encouraged to use the safe spots during daylight hours only, although the press release does mention that the Southwest division station is open from Monday to Saturday, between 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. 

On Sundays, the station is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. So be sure to use those exchange sites when the station is open so you're actually utilizing the added safety of the "safe zone."

The station is located at 1351 Windermere Way. If you're an avid online buy-and-seller, you might want to right those digits down.

There is also a phone placed inside the vestibule by the station's main entrance, so the public can call 911 if they need to report a crime or incident. 

This new pilot project was initiated by the Edmonton police in light of "increased reports of criminal activity" related to physical transactions of online goods. 

Detective Michael Walkom of EPS explained in the press release that they made 77 arrests and laid 218 charges last year connected to "face-to-face buying and selling of items listed online." 

They have also recovered close to $170,000 in stolen goods related to these interactions. 

Similar safe zones have been running across the country in various cities and towns. CTV News reports that the safe zone system exists just east of Edmonton, in Strathcona County, in addition to metropolitan cities such as Vancouver and Winnipeg

 

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