Internet Safe Exchange Zone.
The Stafford Township Police Department shared the following announcement on social media. "Stafford Township Police Chief Thomas Dellane announced today that the department has established an â€śInternet Safe Exchange Zoneâ€ť for residents buying or selling items online. â€śThe shopping trends of most Americans have changed dramatically over the past few years. Many of our residents utilize websites like eBay, Craigslist and other buy and sell websites to make internet transactions due to the ease and convenience of these transactions, but it also has created new opportunities for criminals. In the past few years, the police department has investigated several instances where residents were defrauded due to online salesâ€ť Chief Dellane said.
â€śProblems arise when people have to pick a location to conduct the exchange. Meeting someone at your home or in an unfamiliar area can be problematic and potentially expose people to being victimized. We recommend meeting in a safe, neutral locationâ€ť Dellane said.
"Most people agree to meet in a busy shopping center parking lot" said Community Policing Officer Chris Fritz. "Having made several internet transactions myself, it can be a little worrisome to exchange cash in an uncontrolled or unmonitored environment.â€ť
The Stafford Township Police Department has created an Internet Safe Exchange Zone where citizens can complete internet sales transactions safely in person. Two parking spaces in a well-lit area at the Stafford Municipal Complex located at 260 E Bay Ave., Manahawkin NJ 08050 have been marked and designated.
The Internet Safe Exchange Zone is under 24 hour video surveillance. The area is clearly marked with signage and painted spaces and is located on the east side of the municipal building. Look for the signs that say â€śReserved Parking-Internet Commerce Safe Zoneâ€ť. There is a 15 minute parking limit.
Photos by Stafford Township Police Department