In an effort to help keep our citizens safe.. Clinton Police Chief Vaughn Becker has established a “Safe Exchange Zone” in front of the department’s headquarters at 125 W. Broad St.  Chief Becker says.. “This area will provide people with a safe location for online buying and selling exchanges and other private party transactions.” Becker adds that the zone is meant to provide a safe alternative to meeting a stranger in their home or at an unfamiliar location.

The Safe Exchange Zone is a well-lit area, under 24-hour video surveillance.  Although not monitored in real-time, and police officers are not present during transactions, this designated area will potentially deter individuals wanting to engage in criminal activity. 

Here’s a few TIPS for using CPD’s SAFE EXCHANGE ZONE:
Only conduct transactions with local buyers/sellers.
Do not go to a transaction alone.
Make sure a friend or family member is aware of the details.
Complete the transaction during daylight hours, when possible.
Be extra cautious in buying/selling valuable items.
Only use cash or money orders.
Trust your instincts; if it sounds like a scam it probably is a scam.
If someone is not willing to come to the Clinton Police Department to complete a sale, it’s probably not a legitimate transaction.