COVINGTON, LA (WVUE) - Covington Police established what it calls a new "Internet Purchase Exchange Location" in the lobby of the police department, 212 East Kirkland Street.
Chief Tim Lentz says the area was created to address safety concerns for residents who buy and sell items online then meet in person to complete the transaction. He says meeting a stranger at the police department, as opposed to someone's home, or an unmonitored parking lot, is much safer.
The safety zone will be available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The area is monitored by video surveillance at all times. A police officer will not need to be present to complete the transaction.
"Internet purchase 'safe zones' are trending across the nation as a simple, cost-free measure to enhance public safety. We encourage anyone conducting Internet based transactions in-person to utilize this free resource as an added measure of safety when dealing with unknown persons," Chief Tim Lentz said.