Tomball, Texas – August 10th, 2016:
The Tomball Police Department has initiated a new community policing program called a Safe Exchange Zone. The Safe Exchange Zone program is intended to address the safety concerns brought about with on-line purchases from websites such as Craigslist, eBay, Facebook groups, classified ads, and other sources, as well as to provide a safe location for families with visitation rights to make the custodial exchange. While many of these websites are heavily utilized and credible, their popularity makes buyers and sellers an easy target for criminal activity from online predators.
The Tomball Police Department had dedicated a space in the front parking lot of the police station located at 400 Fannin. The Safe Exchange Zone is available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and is under 24 hour video surveillance.
The Safe Exchange Zone may not be used to make illegal transactions of narcotics, dangerous or deadly weapons, or any other dangerous materials. In addition, Tomball Police Department employees will not act as witness or be a part of any transactions. Remember that Police Personnel are not trained nor authorized to validate the legitimacy of any transaction, item for sale, or integrity or legality of a sale. The Tomball Police Department is simply providing a safe location to conduct business.
The Tomball Police Department advises that anyone intending to set up a meeting to buy or sell an item should remember these tips to help make your transaction as safe as possible. Never provide your personal or financial information to anyone you’re meeting. When taking photos of items you are selling disable your location services on your mobile devices. Also be aware of your backgrounds when you are taking pictures of items to list. You don’t want to inadvertently reveal personal information that would make you a target to predators.
The Tomball Police Department has the only Safe Exchange Zone in a 20 mile radius. Please utilize the Safe Exchange Zone to help create a safe transaction for all parties involved.
The Tomball Police Department would like thank SS Graphics for donating the signs for the Safe Exchange Zone