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LASD, Offers Their Stations Public Parking Lots, as a Safe Place to Meet For On-line Purchases

As more people use online apps to engage in buying and selling items, the risk of scams, robberies, and violence increase. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is offering their communities the use of their station public parking lots as safe options to meet for these transactions. Buying and selling items online has become very popular. Internet and smart phone apps allow you to take pictures and post items for sale in seconds. This convenience allows people to come to you and buy your items. This has caused purchasing to increase considerably. There are countless sites and apps where you can go to buy or sell items for significantly discounted prices. The majority of the people utilizing these apps are good, honest people, however, meeting a complete stranger and exchanging money for items could pose some inherent risks. So what can you do to increase your safety when meeting people to buy or sell items? Consider some of the suggestions below.

  • Meet at a reasonable time of day, preferably during daylight.

  • Do not meet alone or with children present. Have someone accompany you.

  • Avoid meeting at your home. If you must, due to the size of an item, consider placing the item in the garage or on the porch/entry way.

  • If you agree to meet at a neutral location consider a well-lit area with people around and possibly video surveillance cameras. A grocery store or your nearest law enforcement station parking lot are good options. Do not meet in an area that is unfamiliar or uncomfortable to you. If the other party is not willing to meet you in a place you feel safe, do not meet.

  • When purchasing items, inspect them for accuracy and be sure you are getting what you want. It is okay to change your mind and not purchase the item(s). If a deal seems too good to be true, it usually is. There are a lot of stolen items sold online. Drug users oftentimes sell things at extremely discounted prices just so they can get money for a fast high. Contact your local law enforcement if you think something is stolen.

  • Be careful with your money. Do not open your wallet and pull money out in front of the seller. Consider having the exact amount agreed upon in a specific pocket.

  • When purchasing online use credit cards or secure payment services instead of debit cards.

  • When making online purchases in public, use your mobile phone network instead of WiFi.

The safety of community members is of paramount concern to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department and although they know that the vast majority of users are trustworthy, it is always better to be safe than sorry. If you feel you have been a victim of a scam or feel your personal safety is at risk contact your local law enforcement agency. If you do not know who your local law enforcement is click on: . Written by: Oscar Barragan, Lieutenant Lakewood Sheriff’s Station 5130 North Clark Avenue Lakewood, CA. 90712 Forwarded by: Sheriff’s Information Bureau – Newsroom Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Hall of Justice - First floor 211 W. Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 213-229-1700 Website LASD HQ: Recruitment LASD: Follow LASD HQ via Text and Email: Twitter: @LASDHQ Twitter: @LASDtalk Twitter: @LASDvideos Twitter: @LASDespanol Facebook LASD HQ Instagram LASD Photos: Pinterest LASD Photos : YouTube LASD Videos: Alert LA County: Telephone emergency mass notification system Text & Email, Register for LASD Nixle messages: To receive more detailed, up-to-date information via E-MAIL and/or TEXT directly from the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD), sign up for "Nixle" alerts at and register for "LASD – Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Dept Information Bureau (SIB)" AND your local LASD station area. Or, to receive URGENT TEXT ALERTS ONLY, text your zip code to 888777. Standard text messaging rates may apply depending on your calling plan. "If You See Something, Say Something" LA Crime Stoppers: Partner to prevent or report crime by contacting your local Sheriff’s station. If you prefer to provide information anonymously, you may call "Crime Stoppers" by dialing (800) 222-TIPS (8477), use your smartphone by downloading the “P3 Tips” Mobile APP on Google play or the Apple App Store or by using the website Jim McDonnell, Sheriff Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

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