EMBRUN & ROCKLAND — Residents of the area are welcome to conclude their online property transactions at the Russell County OPP parking lot.
The detachment says it has launched the “community safe zone” as a means of “moving online transactions away from secluded parking lots, personal residences or other areas” and into a public place.
The specially designated ‘Safe Trade’ designated parking spaces are available at all times with no appointment necessary. “The OPP does not monitor or mediate the use of these premises for these purposes,” the detachment adds.
Project Safe Trade comes out of concern that only five percent of online and telephone frauds and thefts are reported because of the embarrassment involved. Police also highlight the sometimes seedy nature of online classified and auction sites — often used as tools to sell stolen property to unknowing victims — noting the process “can present a safety threat.”
Police advise the following additional online transaction safety tips:
- Meet in a busy public place
- Bring a trusted friend or family member along as a witness
- Keep transactions during to daylight hours
- Do not erase emails, texts or voicemails between yourself and the seller/buyer