Craig's List Exchange Site

Craig's List Exchange Site

Monroe residents and business owners who buy and sell on Craigslist or other exchange sites may conduct their transactions in front of the building shared by both the Monroe City Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff Office. The area mentioned above, is active throughout the day and monitored by staff and security cameras 24 hours a day, as well as being well-lit in the evening.

With the increase of contacts related to buying and selling over the Internet, a recommended safeguard is to conduct the matter in a safe location. Providing your home address to unknown persons or completing transactions in an unfamiliar area is a safety concern to the Monroe Police Department.

According to a 2010 study, Craigslist had approximately 50 million users and was linked with 330 crimes, 12 murders and 105 robberies or assaults in the United States. Craigslist is only a facilitator of commerce however, and can’t be held responsible for what happens amongst its users.

Selling smaller items, such as phones, computers, cameras, coin collections or jewelry, often requires the seller to invite the purchaser to his/her home to inspect or pick up the sold item(s). Meeting in front of the police department, or other well lit public parking areas, helps to reduce any potential danger to the seller or the seller’s family and property.

While items cannot be stored at the police department or in a parking lot, if the item can be safely transported, the seller should consider conducting the transaction at our facility.

Additional safety tips for those conducting a transaction with an unknown buyer include the following:

  • Only accept cash or a cashier’s check for sale. Personal checks carry some risk.
  • Conduct sales during weekdays so banking or financial institutions can be contacted if there is a problem.
  • Don’t go alone and trust your instincts. Remember, if it seems too good to be true, chances are, it is.