MPD sets two Internet purchase exchange locations

MPD joins trend of making Internet Purchase Exhange Locations in its parking lot. (MPD Photo)
MPD joins trend of making Internet Purchase Exhange Locations in its parking lot. (MPD Photo)

By Becky Holland,
Piney Woods News

MARSHALL – Buying and selling goods on the Internet can be a bit cursory with not a lot of details being ironed out – especially when the buyer and seller exchange information over a website or social media group before making the transaction in person. Yet, people do it anyway, and some do it without any hesitation.

With an increase in crimes committed through such selling and purchasing, police departments across the country are making sure that buyers and sellers can have a safe place to meet.

According to a release from Lt. Len Ames on Friday, the Marshall Police Department is the latest department to jump on the trend of law enforcement agencies designating Internet purchase safe zones in their communities.

Ames stated on Friday, April 8, the Marshall Police Department designated two parking spaces in the front public parking lot at the Marshall Police Department at 2101 East End Blvd., N, as “Internet Purchase Exchange” locations. These two locations will allow individuals in the area to safely meet and complete purchases of products sold online within a few feet of the front door of the MPD headquarters.

“Officers will not be assigned to monitor or facilitate these transactions, but there usually are officers close by,” MPD Chief Jesus “Eddie” Campa, said in the statement. “This should deter any would-be thieves.”

Campa was quoted as saying, “These parking places are located in a well-lit area with 24-hour recorded surveillance. We encourage our community to utilize these places in order to ensure the safety of both the buyer and the seller during these transactions. Any reluctance by either party to meet in the MPD parking lot should be taken as a warning sign about the legitimacy of the sale.”

According to the release, Campa and his officers encourage those who are making said transactions who are not willing to provide a telephone number or would make an attempt to change the meeting place should “raise a red flag.”

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