Tuesday, Feb 27, 2018
PD set up a safe zone used buyers-sellers of used items
Sgt Judy Bird
for a safer place to complete your online purchase or sale transactions?
The Abbotsford Police Department invites you to use our designated “Buy
and Sell Exchange Zone” to facilitate safe online property buy/sell
The use of online classifieds websites or social media platforms such as
Craigslist, Kijiji, or Facebook to buy and sell goods is very popular,
but meeting an unknown buyer or seller face-to-face has risks. The new
Buy and Sell Exchange Zone offers video surveillance, a safe location
and the presence of law enforcement to enhance public safety and to
Buy and Sell Exchange Zone is located in front of the Abbotsford Police
Department headquarters building at 2838 Justice Way; two designated
parking spots are identifiable with signage. This area is monitored by
24/7 video surveillance. It is recommended that those wishing to use
this area do so during daylight hours.
Police officers are unable to assist in civil transactions.
The Buy and Sell Exchange Zone surveillance cameras are in place to
increase your safety. Questions about the information collected may be
directed to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy
Coordinator at 604-859-5225.
Purchasers are encouraged to use the Canadian Police Information
Centre’s online database (www.cpic-cipc.ca) to search the serial number
of any item they intend to purchase as one method of ensuring the item
has not been reported stolen.
Tips for a safer online buy-sell experience:
• Meet in a public place with many people around.
• Refrain from using remote locations or your home for
• If possible, bring a friend or a family member.
• When buying or selling, meet in-person to thoroughly
inspect the product before exchanging funds.
• Keep things local and in cash. Don’t use cheques or
money wiring services.
• Only bring enough cash with you to pay for the item
• Do not give out personal or banking information
(e.g. social insurance number, bank account number or
address) over the Internet.