Salisbury police offer commerce exchange locale

Residents who buy or sell items online can now make transactions at the Salisbury Police Department, and have them  run through databases to see if they have been reported stolen.

The new E-Commerce Exchange Zone, announced at a press conference Tuesday, is designed to provide “a safe space within which to conduct exchanges,” Mayor Jake Day said.

Police Chief Barbara Duncan said anyone can go into the main lobby of the police department, any time of day or night, any day of the week, and request the serial number of an item be checked.

“There is no guarantee it hasn’t been stolen. We’re not certifying that, but we can say if nobody has made a report that it has been stolen,” she said.

A sign in front of the police department headquarters was erected Friday and the initiative began Tuesday.

Duncan said the police department received a request to designate the police department as a safety zone. It was researched and police learned many law enforcement agencies in Maryland and nationwide are safety zones.

“We thought it was a great idea. It made sense to offer it here. We have had complaints of theft and fraud. This speaks to the fact that this is another piece of our community policing philosophy,” Duncan said.

“We tell people to use caution. If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is. We asking everyone to use common sense and the best shopping practices,” Duncan said.


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