The initiative is called "Find a Safe Place" and police are hoping conducting transactions at the police precinct will help reduce potential dangers to buyers and sellers by offering a safe location.
"Those transactions should not be conducted in secluded parking lots, behind a building, in a dark location especially when you're dealing with strangers. Someone you've never met before - you have no idea what their intentions are - whether they have evil intent or the best of intentions," Officer James Cason Jr. told NewsChannel 3's Todd Corillo Tuesday.
Members of the community are welcome to utilize any of the four Virginia Beach police precincts from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
- First Precinct
2509 Princess Anne Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23456
- Second Precinct
820 Virginia Beach Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
- Third Precinct
926 Independence Boulevard
Virginia Beach, VA 23455
- Fourth Precinct
840 Kempsville Road
Virginia Beach, VA 23464
According to Virginia Beach Police, the offer does not extend to transactions involving:
- Large, cumbersome household items, appliances and landscape care equipment
- The sale of any contraband, stolen property or other illegal items
Other safety precautions from Virginia Beach Police:
- Be very suspicious of the buyer or the seller who changes the agreed upon meeting location
- Always meet the buyer or seller in a public place, with plenty of people around
- Avoid meeting on side streets or places that are not well-lit
- Always take someone with you and inform the buyer and seller that you will not be alone
- Consider conducting the transaction in the police precinct parking lot or lobby
"If you attempt to make that transaction and the person you are making the transaction with says 'No, I don't think I want to meet at the police station,' it's probably a good indication that you should look elsewhere for that item," Cason added.