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Stoughton police to offer station as ‘online safe zone’

February 27, 2016

STOUGHTON, Mass. (AP) — Stoughton is the latest police department to offer its station as a “safe zone” for people conducting in-person exchanges of items bought online.

The department said on its Facebook page that the station’s lobby and parking lot are now available for purchases agreed upon over sites such as Craigslist, eBay and Online Yard Sale.

The Stoughton police will not be involved in any of the transactions.

More police departments are offering their stations as a way to cut down on fraud and assault.

Department officials say it also gives people peace of mind.

Hundreds of departments across the nation started the service after a series of high-profile crimes involving online transactions.

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