Police Departments Offer Safe Meet-Up Zones

By KristenGiddings
The Eagle-Tribune, North Andover, Mass.

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) A Massachusetts police department has allocated an area in their parking lot as a specific location where people can meet up and make safe transactions of online sales.

DANVILLE

Local police departments are partnering with a mobile marketplace app to create designated meet-up locations for safer transactions.

The Danville Police Department announced on Thursday that they have now partnered with OfferUp, an online marketplace for buying and selling items.

Through this partnership, the police department allocated an area in their parking lot as a specific location where people can meet when making the transaction for the online sale.

“We just created a safe zone where people wouldn’t have to worry about anything possibly bad happening,” said Danville police Chief Wade Parsons. “It’s a different world, so we’re trying to provide a little security and comfort level to those people who choose to make those transactions.”

Recently rolling out this concept, OfferUp is reaching out to different police stations asking if they would like to participate in the program.

“Facilitating trust and security between individuals has always been a number one priority for us,” Natalie Angelillo, vice president of community at OfferUp. “Giving our users the confidence to meet each other in person is critical to our mission as a company.”

Parsons said as soon as the department heard about the program, they knew it was a great idea and something they wanted to be a part of.

And many residents agree.

“I think every town should have this,” said Danville resident Sean Rudd, 44.

Rudd said the program is especially helpful for ensuring the safety of women who are making a transaction alone.
“I know I have had to leave work early to help somebody in the neighborhood … this makes everybody more comfortable,” said Rudd. “It’s unfortunate that the world has come to this, but you have to protect yourself.”

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