Lexington police offer safe place for Internet buyers, sellers

People who buy or sell an item from CraigslistLet Go or other online marketplaces where people list their items for sale can make a safe exchange in the town of Lexington.

The exchange location is marked with signage. (photo provided)

The exchange location is marked with signage. (photo provided)

The Lexington Police Department has created an Internet Purchase Exchange Location at the request of residents. The goal is to increase the safety of buyers and sellers when they meet by inviting them to come to the town’s municipal complex.

“The Internet Purchase Exchange Location is a good example of our department engaging with and taking suggestions from our social media followers and, with many in the town of Lexington community engaging in Internet sales, it only makes sense to create a safe location for exchanges like these to take place,” Police Chief Terrence Green said.

The designated area in the front parking lot is accessible from Maiden Lane and will be monitored by an existing exterior video camera that records 24 hours a day.

Springdale Police Chief Kevin Cornett said his department is researching how to implement the idea in Springdale, too.

Richland County authorities reported a series of larcenies in July 2015 in which a suspect allegedly arranged to meet people selling items via Craigslist and stole the items.

Sheriff Leon Lott said buyers and sellers can meet at the Richland County Sheriff’s Department headquarters at 5623 Two Notch Road where law enforcement officers are always on duty and surveillance cameras are in place. The Columbia Police Department also invites people to meet at 1 Justice Square in Columbia or inside the lobby of the department headquarters.

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