CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – Buying things from or selling things to strangers is a pretty common things these days, but it can also be pretty dangerous.
That’s why the Charleston Police Department has set up two Safe Exchange Zones in town.
“We have two of those locations, one being at 180 Lockwood, the other being at our Station 4 office which is on Mary Ader Avenue,” said Officer Nicolas Brown.
Those two places designated too help deter fraudulent transactions, thefts, and robberies. They’re under 24-hour surveillance.
“These zones are kind of put together in order to make it safe for folks that are buying items off the internet, they’re exchanging things in person, so we want to make it as safe as possible. We do understand that coming out of your home and conducting business sometimes doesn’t give you the pleasure of the safety that you’re looking for,” Brown said.
It’s also a place where parents can exchange children, acting as a safe, neutral site for custody exchanges.
“Domestic disputes with kids are one of the things that get people in trouble, so these zones are also there for that as well,” Brown said.
If that is why you choose to use the exchange zones, remember that children cannot be left there to be picked up at a later time.
The police department also has a couple of tips for exchanging things with strangers.
“Never invite a stranger to your house, be very, very careful about the time of day, we want these things to happen during the daylight. We understand the time change is coming this weekend, so be aware of that,” Brown said.