Madison County sheriff creates safe zone for online transactions

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EDWARDSVILLE, IL (KPLR) – After seeing stories about people in the St. Louis area being beaten, robbed, and even killed in recent years while meeting in person to finalize online sales, the Madison County Sheriff’s Office has seen enough.

The sheriff’s office has turned its parking lot into a safe zone for exchanges. Anything from concert tickets, to a refrigerator, even a boat, authorities will have surveillance cameras running 24/7 and deputies inside the building.

“If they are making transactions on line and they are going to meet someone, make a recommendation that you meet at a police department, the sheriff’s department, Alton Police Department, Granite City Police Department, if the person you’re doing the transaction with doesn’t want to meet in a common place near a law enforcement facility, someplace that’s recorded, I think you should think twice before doing business with that person,” Madison County Sheriff John Lakin said.