Manassas City Police offering “safe exchange zone”

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The Manassas City Police Department is doing their part to reduce fraudulent transactions, thefts, and violent custody disputes.

Whether you’re dealing with Facebook, Craigslist or eBay, buying and selling with strangers can be risky. That is why the Manassas City Police department is now offering an area for residents to carry out these transactions safely. These zones are located in front of the Manassas City police station on 9518 Fairview Avenue. This 15 minute parking area can also be used for child custody exchanges. 

“With the report of increasing buying and selling things online and e-commerce there’s more of a demand for a service like this. We’d rather see people do the exchanges at a safe location like in the front of our police department that is under 24-hour surveillance,” Officer Charles Sharp, spokesperson for the Manassas City Police Department said.  

Police say you should also avoid going alone to make an exchange with a stranger. Always let a friend or family member know the time and destination of your intended exchange, and avoid giving strangers your personal information.

For more information about the “Exchange Zone” contact the departments Community Services Division at 703-257-8098.

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