Police and Sheriff Offer Safe Exchange Zones
The Key West Police Department is teaming up with the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office to offer is safe exchange zones for online transactions. This is a busy season for buying and selling over the internet. However, it may not be wise to give strangers your home address in order to make the transactions.
“Sheriff Rick Ramsay and I want to offer this added safety to our residents,” said Police Chief Sean Brandenburg. “We can’t address the quality of authenticity of the items, but we can provide a neutral safe space for these transactions.”
These safe exchange zones must also be Covid safe. Masks and social distancing is required.
Online yard sales and sites like Craig’s List have made these transactions a common way to buy and sell. By conducting these transactions at the police department, both buyers’ and sellers’ privacy is protected.
The Key West Police Station is located at 1604 North Roosevelt Blvd. The open-air lobby in front is open 24 hours a day. The Sheriff’s Office is offering the lobbies of its substations and headquarters building as safe zones for residents making online transactions or to anyone buying or selling in person.
County residents who wish to use one of the Sheriff’s Office substation lobbies can do so during working hours between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Mondays through Fridays.
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