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Police Department Offers Facility For Completing Online Transactions

The Park Ridge Police Department is now offering its lobby as an "Online Exchange Zone." The lobby is open 24/7 for individuals who are arranging a meeting to complete an online transaction though Craigslist, virtual garage sales, or any type of lawful exchange that is facilitated by the Internet.
"Our decision to offer this service fits into a broader trend which has been gaining traction over the past couple of years," stated Chief Frank Kaminski.

Internet listings, such as Craigslist, are quick and convenient way to buy, sell or barter. However, participants can be understandably hesitant when arranging the exchange and navigating the moment when money changes hands. There are those people who use these services for unscrupulous purposes. Buyers have concerns that the item they were seeking to acquire may be broken, stolen or fake. Sellers often worry that the currency they are to receive is counterfeit, or that they are walking into a potentially dangerous situation with large sums of money.
By offering the security and convenience of their lobby as the "Online Exchange Zone," the Police Department can help facilitate the process and keep transactions above board. Nevertheless, certain restrictions apply:  you cannot buy or sell weapons in the facility as part of this program. (These items have always been prohibited in the building by anyone other than a law enforcement officer.) In addition, police staff are not authorized to use law enforcement resources (ie. computer checks) to determine if an item is stolen.
For more information, please contact Deputy Chief of Police Lou Jogmen at (847)318-5267, or email ljogmen@parkridgepolice.org.

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