MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (WVLT) — Chances are you have sold or bought something online before, or you have at least considered it. However, meet-ups between strangers can always be dangerous, even if, or maybe especially if, merchandise and money is involved.
Earlier this year in Memphis, police say a man robbed a man after meeting him through Facebook Marketplace.
In 2016, Michigan authorities were warning locals after a two teens began using Facebook Marketplace to lure customers to abandoned homes where they robbed them.
Many people are looking for ways to make extra money, and online selling seems to be a great way to do it. So, how do we make it safer for both the purchaser and provider?
Police in Murfreesboro have offered one solution: a designated meeting area.
The police department took to Facebook recently to remind residents that anyone buying or selling items online can go to their “internet purchase exchange location” to do it safely.
The location is right in front of police headquarters on N. Highland Avenue and is populated with green signs. It also has a camera recording at all times.
Police even said that citizens are allowed to use the headquarter’s lobby if they prefer.