A Nebraska police department is joining a growing trend: providing a safe space for the in-person transactions of online sales.
The Lincoln Police Department is calling the spaces “SwapSpot” locations. The first will be located at a police station on north 27th Street.
Officer Andrew Gallagher, who modeled the idea after the popular “SafeTrade” website, says the main goal for the program is safety.
“The idea being that if somebody has negative intentions in meeting up with you in this transaction, they’re probably not going to do anything right outside of the police station,” Gallagher tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
The “SwapSpot” will be monitored with cameras. Video will be retained for 30 days. Residents also are welcome to us the station lobby to conduct business.
Gallagher says the locations will reduce crimes which can arise when meeting strangers to conduct business.
“I myself have worked tons of calls where whether it is fraud or somebody gets handed a counterfeit bill or some issue related to an online meet up,” Gallagher says.
William Padmore, KLIN, contributed to this article.