The City of Fairfax Police Department has implemented a new program known as the Exchange Zone. The goal of the Exchange Zone is to provide city residents with a location that may help reduce and deter fraudulent transactions, while maintaining the privacy of the citizens when they conduct legal, private transactions; this includes buying from or selling to a stranger due to an ad over an e-commerce web site or in other media. The Police Department has designated two clearly marked parking spaces in the front parking lot of the Police Department Headquarters. The Exchange Zone is meant for person-to-person transactions. Property may not be dropped off and left unattended; sellers are required to take their property with them if the buyer does not show up. City of Fairfax Police Department personnel will not assist with any transactions.
“We are pleased that we are able to offer this as a convenience and additional service to the community” said Colonel Carl R. Pardiny, City of Fairfax Chief of Police. “Conducting transactions with strangers in a neutral, public setting provides greater security than doing so at a private residence or obscure location. Designation of the police station parking lot as a meeting place might well serve as a deterrent to those who may have criminal intentions.”
The City of Fairfax Police Department encourages citizens to consider safer options, such as the Exchange Zone, when arranging a location to conduct e-commerce style transactions. City residents are encouraged to follow the following safety tips:
Avoid going alone to make an exchange with a stranger
Let your family and/or friends know the time and place of your intended exchange and any information regarding the other person
Avoid giving strangers your personal information, including your address, Social Security number, etc.
Avoid exchanges at night if possible, even in the designated zone
Avoid remote or out of the way places for exchanges and be wary of persons who insist on secluded locations