Buyers and sellers urged to meet at police stations
Boca Raton, FL – Police Department’s across south Florida are responding to a trend of Craigslist transactions which are turning into robberies and thefts. The Boca Raton Police Department along with Boynton Beach Police, Delray Police and the Atlantis Police Departments have joined forces to offer our lobbies as a safe location to conduct sales.
A criminal, trying to make a quick grab, contacts the seller who is usually selling a valuable electronic item. When the two parties meet up, the “buyer” either snatches the item or takes it by force. These crimes are happening in communities all over south Florida, as well as around the country.
While many people who use Craigslist are honest and sincere in buying and selling their items, there are those who use it to facilitate their crimes. We are recommending you use a local police department lobby as a safe exchange zone to conduct your transaction. If the lobby is closed the parking lot is also available. We also suggest the following:
• Verify the lobby hours of the police department and check for any requirements.
• Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when to expect you back.
• If possible, have someone accompany you.
• Make sure you have your cell phone with you.
• Always trust your instincts.
Remember, the people you meet through Craigslist, or any on-line classified advertising site, are strangers and can pose dangers.