New Milford police create ‘Safe Zone’ for residents to do business online

PUBLIC SAFETY: New Milford police have joined law enforcement agencies who are inviting residents who buy, sell or trade through Craigslist, eBay and other online sites to do so at headquaters to help prevent fraud, theft, robbery — or “sheer violence.”

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Police won’t get involved in any transactions in the “Safe Zone” unless a customer alerts them to something suspicious, Police Chief Frank Ramaci said.

Meantime, residents and merchants can avail themselves of a “safe and neutral location” in an “open, well lit, and possibly a videotaped area” for person-to-person transactions, he said.

The Safe Zone operate Monday through Friday (exclusing holidays) from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the lobby and parking lot at 930 River Road.

“Police officers are not required to witness or otherwise get involved in any transaction made,” Ramaci said. “However, impractical or illegal transactions will be dealt with.”

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