Buying online? Consider meeting at a police station

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AVON, OH – If you’ve ever tried to buy something off websites like Craigslist, then you know you’ll eventually have to meet the person selling it.

Sometimes that encounter can be awkward and even dangerous, so the city of Avon is hoping to help with that.

They’re inviting people to use the police station parking lot to do business.

"Any citizen can go to their local police department and conduct transactions in their parking lot. That's public property and it's a smart thing to do,” said Councilwoman Tammy Holtzmeier.

She said the station is the perfect place for a “Transaction Safe Place” since there are plenty of officers around and lots of cameras.

People have always been allowed to go there, but many weren’t aware.

"If the police are involved and they provide a safe zone, I don't see why you wouldn't take advantage of that. I think it's a great idea,” said Resident Christine Harder

Police Chief Richard Bosley said he doesn’t mind helping out the public, but asks that they follow the rules.

"It's always helpful for us to know, especially in today's day and age, we like to know who is around our building, so if they could stop in that would be great. If it's going to be a real quick transaction and both parties are meeting there that's fine too,” said Chief Bosley.