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Really a great idea by the Ocean Township PD! :up: :up: :up:





The Ocean Township Police Department has initiated a new community policing program called “Safe Exchange Zone.” The “Safe Exchange Zone” program is intended to address the safety concerns brought about with on‐line purchases from websites such as Craigslist, eBay, Facebook groups, and classified ads, etc. and to provide a safe location for families with visitation rights to make the custodial exchange.


The Ocean Township Police Department has no known transactions that have gone awry, however it is our commitment to always put community safety first. While we are implementing the “Safe Exchange Zone” to provide a safe area for buyers and sellers to meet, it is important to remember that people you meet on-line are strangers and can pose dangers. Not every buyer or seller you meet on-line is someone who is true with their intent.


This new program is set to take effect Monday December 27th. The “Safe Exchange Zone” is located in the front visitor parking lot of the Ocean Township Police Department located at 50 Railroad Avenue in Waretown, New Jersey. Two designated parking spaces have been clearly marked for the program where buyers, sellers and parents can meet and make the exchange. The marked area is under 24 hour video surveillance which is recorded by state of the art security cameras.


The Ocean Township Police Department will not be used to make illegal transactions of narcotics, dangerous or deadly weapons or any other dangerous materials. In addition, department employees will not be used to witness or be a part of these transactions. We are just providing a safe location to conduct your transactions.


Residents and visitors are asked to call the Ocean Township Police Department at 609-693-4007 with any questions.

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Do you think criminals will go to the local pd to sell there really cheap loot? I doubt it...

They certainly wouldn't go there if they planned on doing something malicious.

The point isn't to get criminals to go there, it's to keep the transactions safe.

I'd rather have a criminal no show me on a transaction at the PD versus risk getting thug mugged.

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Besides.. What if you're selling a gun? you think they are just gonna sit inside and watch you on camera? Lmao doubt it


It's a legal activity in a designated area.  I guess if they want a lawsuit, they could do something against your rights and interfere.

They might question is, but if you are doing the right things...it shouldn't be a problem.

If you are trying to do something wrong, I doubt you would do it there anyway.

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These zones have been set up in many towns due to the increase in the amount of online virtual garage sale and other social media outlets. It may not be useful for many on here, but there are thousands of housewives and women that do transactions on those sites. Rather than having buyers drop-by the sellers' homes and disclose their address, it gives them a safe place to hand-off.

Great idea with minimal cost.

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Ahhh the idea of security...


Let the debate begin.


Good idea, can't hurt.


Is it for everything or 100% safe.. nothing will be.


Better than a Wal Mart parking lot at 7PM. BUT the camera will still only record. It might deter.


Would be nice to see some reviews or feed back.

FPC  - :)  - "Without either the first or second amendment, we would have no liberty; the first allows us to find out what's happening, the second allows us to do something about it! The second will be taken away first, followed by the first and then the rest of our freedoms." - Andrew Ford

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