Brunswick police have set up a monitored safe zone in the police department’s parking lot for online buyers and sellers to meet and make exchanges.

The department has installed signage at its parking lot at 85 Pleasant St. that says, “Internet purchase exchange location; This area is under video surveillance,” according to a post made Thursday to its Facebook page.

The Facebook post says the exchange is a place people for who buy and sell items through online marketplaces such as Craigslist, Uncle Henry’s and Facebook “yard sales” to complete the transactions in a neutral, safe place that is always under surveillance.

“We encourage our residents or anyone who participates in these types of transactions to take advantage of this location,” it says. “Please don’t meet strangers at private residences or in areas that you are unfamiliar with.”

Other Maine police departments, such as Augusta’s, have set up similar exchange zones.


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