If you’re looking to find a bargain online but feel anxious about meeting up with a stranger in person, worry no more.
The Stafford County Sheriff’s Office, Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office and Fredericksburg Police Department joined together to establish safe places for individuals to meet with strangers to buy or sell items.
The agencies will offer their parking lots as safe zones for people to meet and exchange goods. The protected environment take away some of the concern that goes along with online business conducted with strangers.
Law enforcement is not responsible for sale of items, but they said they are committed to establishing safe and comfortable areas for making transactions. The well-lit parking lots that serve as safe zones have video surveillance at all times.
Police said individuals who hesitate to meet at police headquarters may not be the best with whom to do business.
The safe places will be available 24 hours per day, 7 days per week.
The locations of the safe zones are as follows:
- Stafford County Sheriff’s Office – Public Safety Center, 1225 Courthouse Road, Stafford, Virginia
- Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, 9119 Dean Ridings Lane, Spotsylvania, Virginia
- Fredericksburg Police Department, 2200 Cowan Blvd., Fredericksburg, Virginia