Police in Smiths Falls have set up a “safe internet exchange zone”. This caught my attention and had me wondering what exactly is a “safe internet exchange zone”? Well, if you’ve ever bought or sold something on “Kijiji” for example, it generally requires that you meet the buyer, or the seller in order to complete the transaction. This can be intimidating, or rare cases even dangerous, because you’re meeting a complete stranger. I have bought and sold items online, and have never had any problems, however… there have been some well documented occasions when the deal didn’t go down as planned. So, Smiths Falls Police have taken a cue from Police Departments in Brockville and Cornwall and created safe spaces for users of online classified sites to safely exchange cash and goods. Two parking spaces have been set aside for these exchanges. They’re monitored by surveillance cameras and are steps from the front door of the Smiths Falls police station, which is open 24/7.
Ottawa police don’t have such a dedicated safe space, but they do encourage people to meet up at police stations with public areas to finish their deals.
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