Police set up safe zone for internet transactions

The Warren Sentinel

FRONT ROYAL — Town residents now have a safe location, under surveillance by police cameras, to conduct transactions arranged over the internet.

Town police have set up an internet purchase and exchange space in their parking lot at 23 E. Jackson St. A sign was erected last week which marks two parking spaces near the lotís entrance.

The police are not aware of any local issues with online purchases, Front Royal Police Community Resource Officer Robbie Seal said, but the exchange zone is a preventative measure for the possible dangers of internet purchasing.

"People that I know who do that, I think for the most part, they're a little apprehensive about going to someone's house or something like that," Seal said. "It just creates more of safe haven with today's internet shopping."

Town Manager Steve Burke heard that Fauquier County set up an internet purchase zone and he thought it would be a good idea for Front Royal to follow suit, Seal said.

It is not uncommon to see people exchanging goods bought over the internet in the parking lot of a shopping center, Seal said. Now, residents have an official meeting place.

"Sometimes it's best, not knowing who you're dealing with to have a meeting place to exchange what our citizen's purchase over the internet," Seal said.

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