CENTRAL TEXAS (KWTX) Central Texas police departments are reminding community members to use their locations for internet sales exchange spots.
After the holidays many are trying to get a little extra cash, turning to online sale exchange sites like Craigslist and Facebook to sell gifts, furniture or electronics.
Since Craigslist’s founding in 1995, it has been linked to thousands of crimes.
According to Advanced Interactive Media Group, Craigslist passed the 100-murder mark in 2016.
The ‘Craigslist Killer’ who made headlines in 2009 have made many turn to social media for online exchanges.
At the Belton and Hewitt Police Departments, there are designated parking spots outside called Internet Safe Exchange Zones.
Police said it’s important to let the receptionist at the front desk know of the sale before the other party arrives.
There are also several apps that function the same way as Facebook Free and For Sale pages as well as Craigslist like Offer Up, Varage Sale and Shpock. Therefore, police want to make sure you use the same precautions for these exchanges too.