David Clark, Deputy Chief
15 Union St.
Reading, MA 01867
For Immediate Release
Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
Contact: Kelsey Bode
Email: [email protected]
Reading Police Department Establishes Safe Location for Online Marketplace Transactions
READING — Deputy Chief David Clark is pleased to announce that the Reading Police Department has implemented a new program that gives community members a safe and secure meeting spot to complete online transactions.
Beginning today, Reading residents who would like to use the service can go to the police station, located at 15 Union St., to meet a buyer or seller. Transactions can be completed at the designated Internet Exchange Safe Zone in the station’s parking lot, or inside the station’s lobby.
By using the police station as a meet up location between a buyer and seller, residents do not have to share their address with a stranger or meet a stranger at their home. While Reading Police cannot guarantee the quality or authenticity of items residents purchase online, the online transaction safe zone provides residents with a secure and public spot to complete a sale.
“Though the internet has become a popular place for people to connect and exchange items, we know that residents still value personal privacy and safety,” Deputy Chief Clark said. “The Internet Exchange Safe Zone is under video surveillance at all times and the Reading police station is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week to give residents peace of mind and a safe place to complete their online transactions.”
Reading Police would also like to remind residents to be especially cautious when buying or selling valuable items, that it is a good idea to take a friend or family member with you to a meet-up and that it is safest to conduct transactions during daylight hours.