Chesterfield establishes ‘safe exchange zone’ for online deals

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CHESTERFIELD, MO (KPLR) – The City of Chesterfield is taking measures to keep residents safe when they buy online, particularly on popular e-commerce sites like Craigslist.

Craigslist is great for making a few extra bucks or getting a great bargain. But inevitably, it involves interacting with a stranger.

Chesterfield has established a “safe exchange zone” at city hall where you can bring your items and cash to meet that stranger in a safe and public place.

According to the Chesterfield Police Department, this is a response to an increase in buy/sell/trade transactions taking place in unsafe environments, which can result in theft or worse.

Just last month, SIU-Edwardsville student Taylor Clark was shot to death trying to sell his car on Craigslist. Police said it happened near the alleged killer’s workplace in Hazelwood, which only goes to show not even a seemingly harmless workplace is safe.

Chesterfield’s safe exchange zone will be designated by a sign. And while the space will not be manned with police personnel, it will be monitored by video surveillance.