While the majority of Internet-based sales between neighbors are honest and friendly, there are stories that warrant safety precautions. Robberies, fraud and scams have been reported over time, which led public safety officials to issue warnings, tips for transactions and special sites to safely exchange items or money. To maximize the safety of both the buyer and the seller, the Westerville Division of Police (WPD) has introduced an “Internet Purchase Exchange Zone” program, designating exchange sites for parties agreeing to a buy, sell or trade arrangement.
Approved sites are marked with signage (pictured, left) and offer enhanced safety features that may not be available at other public sites, including a staff presence and surveillance (where and when available). Please note that, while City staff may be present, they will not oversee exchanges. WPD officers will not oversee exchanges unless requested due to safety concerns or conflict.