An internet shopping site has been set up in the LaSalle Police Service (LPS) parking lot to offer a safer option when purchasing products online and through social media.
The interchange offers a visible public space with signage in the visitor parking lot at 1880 Normandy Street. All areas of the lot are constantly recorded by video surveillance.
“If you are unable to meet in our exchange zone, insist on completing your transactions in well-lit, public and popular places, preferably where other members of the public are present, to avoid becoming a victim of crime,” LPS said in a statement. news release.
Police remind the public that officers will not be involved in these exchanges. They will not mediate, document or witness private transactions and will only become involved if requested or if the transaction becomes a criminal matter.
Police say they can’t use the police computer system to run model numbers, serial numbers, etc. on items that are part of a private exchange until an investigation begins.
For officer and public safety, police ask the public not to bring firearms or weapons into the police department lobby.
LaSalle Police offer the following tips to protect yourself during the buying and selling exchange:
- Trust your instincts. Stop it. Pause. Think: If something seems too good to be true, it probably is
- Limit the amount of personal information you provide, including where you live or work
- Take your cell phone with you
- Make your transaction during the day
- Do not carry large amounts of money