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Leesburg police unveil new ‘safety zone’ for meeting after online transactions

The Leesburg Police Department has unveiled a new project to create a protected meeting environment for online transactions.

The project is designed to help facilitate transactions from places like Craigslist while providing a secure place for people to meet, according an announcement from the department. The “safety zone” is located in the front parking lot of the police department building, which is monitored by security cameras.

Transactions can also be made within the building lobby. Police officers and staff will not take part in any of the transactions, but will obviously be nearby.

Arrangements need to be made with the department before coming to the safety zone.

Police Chief Joseph Price said, “Our primary duty as police officers is to ensure public safety. Online purchases are very popular, but completing these transactions can make a person feel uncomfortable. We hope that residents take advantage of the new Safety Zone. There are great deals online, but we want to make sure our residents feel safe conducting these types of transactions,”


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