Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Salisbury Police Department Announces a Better, Safer Way to Conduct Your Online Initiated In-Person Transactions


City of Salisbury residents who use online websites, electronic bulletin boards or traditional media classifieds to buy and sell merchandise may now conduct the merchandise exchange in the new E-Commerce Exchange Zone, at the Salisbury Police Department.

It is an unfortunate reality that the practice of inviting unknown buyers or sellers of merchandise into your home or meeting them at a predetermined location could result in unintended or harmful
consequences. The Police Department’s public parking lot and front lobby offer a safer alternative in which to conduct a pre
-arranged merchandise exchange, as opposed to locations which are typically chosen, such as “box store” parking lots.

The goal of this “E-Commerce Exchange Zone" initiative is to help reduce victimization and prevent illegal transactions. This offer does not extend to transactions involving the sale of any contraband, stolen property, gun sales, or the sale of illegal items or prohibited services.

In terms of transaction procedures, Salisbury Police personnel may not act in any capacity as an official witness to or broker for any transaction. They are not available for legal advice or to settle civil disputes related to the transaction. The “E-Commerce Exchange Zone” has been established simply to provide a safer environment for the exchange of merchandise between private parties. Salisbury Police personnel will intervene in the event an emergency arises. Upon request of either party, police personnel will conduct a stolen property check against items reported to be stolen, however, results of the stolen property check shall not constitute a guarantee.

The Salisbury Police Department has designated its lobby and public parking lot space for such transactions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We ask that you notify the on-duty personnel at Police Headquarters of your presence and your intention to engage in an “E-Commerce Exchange” transaction before your transaction takes place. An appointment is not required. Our designated “E-Commerce Transaction Zone” space is typically covered by video surveillance equipment. 

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Do you think a person conducting a shady deal will go to the police station to conduct business, who thought up this idea? Another nothing program by our chief. Maybe she ought to start working night work to see what really goes on.

Anonymous said...

Ridiculous...cops dying thugs selling drugs and gangs breeding and this is the result...e commerce safety zone. Day I'm starting to think your a fraud do nothing

Anonymous said...

Sure, I'll just have the hooked meet me at the police station.

Jonathan Taylor said...

I don't think hookers are e commerce

Anonymous said...

"I don't think hookers are e commerce"

Wrong. Salisbury hookers are all over the internet advertising their wares!

Anonymous said...

Um 7:27pm, isn't that the point? If you're buying something on Craigslist for over $100 and want to feel safe, you can do your transaction here.

Anonymous said...

Looking at this impartially, I think it's a great idea! If the seller doesn't want to meet there, something must be up...

Anonymous said...

This isn't anything new. It just took Salisbury a long time to get onboard. A really long time. PD's have been doing this ever since Craigslist has been in existence. If someone has a problem with meeting at the PD then don't buy from them.