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posted by LaminatorX on Saturday January 31 2015, @07:05PM   Printer-friendly
from the officer-friendly dept.

Lily Hay Newman reports at Future Tense that the police department in Columbia, Missouri, recently announced that its lobby will be open 24/7 for people making Craigslist transactions or any type of exchange facilitated by Internet services following a trend begun by police stations in Virginia Beach, East Chicago and Boca Raton. Internet listings like Craigslist are, of course, a quick and convenient way to buy, sell, barter, and generally deal with junk. But tales of Craigslist-related assaults, robberies, and murders where victims are lured to locations with the promise of a sale, aren’t uncommon, an item being sold could be broken or fake, and the money being used to buy it could be counterfeit. "Transactions should not be conducted in secluded parking lots, behind a building, in a dark location especially when you’re dealing with strangers. Someone you’ve never met before – you have no idea what their intentions are – whether they have evil intent or the best of intentions,” says Officer James Cason Jr. With surveillance cameras running 24 hours a day, plus the obvious bonus of a constant police presence, meeting in the lobby of the police department can help weed out people trying to rip others off. "People with stolen items may not want to meet at the police department," says Bryana Maupin.

 
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  • (Score: 3, Funny) by Snotnose on Saturday January 31 2015, @07:48PM

    by Snotnose (1623) on Saturday January 31 2015, @07:48PM (#139882)

    I buy my weed from craigslist, doing the transaction in a police station makes me feel safer!

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  • (Score: 1, Insightful) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 31 2015, @08:27PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday January 31 2015, @08:27PM (#139884)

    The weed vending machines in a police station usually have the best selection.

  • (Score: 2) by frojack on Sunday February 01 2015, @01:35AM

    by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Sunday February 01 2015, @01:35AM (#139946) Journal

    Meh! I live in Washington State.

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