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East Chicago Police Offer Station Lobby for Craigslist Transactions

May 02, 2014  | 

The East Chicago Police Department is offering the use of its headquarters parking lot and lobby — with a police officer present, if you like — for residents looking for safe spaces to conduct transactions arranged online.

Dubbed “Operation Safe Sale,” authorities in the northwest Indiana town said the program is a response to safety threats for those engaging in cash transactions involving items advertised on the Web or other classified ads, the Chicago Tribune reports.

Tales of Craigslist-related assaults and robberies, where victims are lured to locations with the promise of a sale, aren’t uncommon.

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sgtken @ 5/3/2014 2:39 PM

I hope they check out the stuff being sold. Craig's list seems to be the biggest "fence" in the country. Also the roommates from hell all seem to come from there.

Tom C. @ 5/6/2014 4:43 AM

Interesting idea. I'd like to see how their policy reads on it. I would guess they limit the police contact, other than providing the safe location, to avoid getting in the middle of civil disputes. I like the concept.

Jim A. @ 5/25/2014 2:32 PM

Idk why ppl just don't use a safer Craigslist, that's why I use sites like Squiblist

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