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Waterford police offer 'Craigslist safety zone'

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The Waterford Police Department said it established a "Craigslist safety zone."

Police said it was in response to a number of horrific stories of people getting hurt after using the website to make purchases.

Just last weekend, officers in Hartford said a pastor was viciously beaten while trying to purchase an iPhone from sellers on Craigslist.

They said it sought to ensure that people in town are comfortable with their purchases or sales.

To do so, they're offering either the lobby or front parking lot of the police department to conduct transactions.

"That's part of Craigslist is you never know what you're going to get...who's going to show up at your house so we're offering up our parking lots and our lobby in order for people to feel a little more comfortable conducting their transactions," said Waterford Police Chief Brett Mahoney.

The areas are constantly monitored by video surveillance and the recordings are saved for 30 days.

"We are able to get a look at somebody...get some still pictures of them and take a look through our records to see if we might know the person," Mahoney said.

Police said they won't take part in any transactions unless asked.

"If you'd like to check on the possibility that an item is stolen, we suggest using sites like www.tracechecker.com or similar sites, which are free," they said.

Residents said they like having the option, especially when there are risks associated with buying and selling on Craigslist.

"I've heard a lot of horror stories about Craigslist. My daughter just sold car parts and the gentleman came to the house and luckily my husband was there," said Maryanne Sexton of Waterford. "It's very scary. So yes, I would definitely come here."

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