Ballwin Police Department becomes latest safe haven for Craigslist transactions

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BALLWIN, MO (KPLR) - When SIUE student Taylor Clark was shot and killed in May while trying to sell his car on Craigslist, it reminded us of the danger that is there when dealing with people you don’t know.  Many police departments allow for transactions of any kind to take place in their lobby or lot.  Ballwin police are reminding residents to use their facility and not take a risk.

Their lobby is open 24/7 with a camera rolling at all times, monitored by dispatchers and the desk is also manned from 8 am-5 pm.

The lot has two cameras rolling at all times and is also monitored but they encourage people to do any transactions during day in lot if possible because the video is better during the day.

Sgt. Jim Heldmann says, "Use your gut, if you don’t know the person you are dealing with then don’t take a chance."  He adds, "When something like the Taylor Clark murder happens it should remind people to be as safe as they possibly can."