The Cromwell Police Department created a safe zone for anyone who wants to make online transactions.
This new zone comes after high profile assaults and a murder in recent years, which stemmed from online deals turned violent. The zone is a dedicated parking space at Cromwell Police Department.
“It just gives comfort to the people trying to conduct a transaction,” Cromwell Police Capt. Kevin Vandersloot said.
Vandersloot said the department spent $50 on the sign and put the word out last week.
People do not have call dispatch to set anything up because the space is monitored 24 hours per day, seven days.
“I think it’s a great idea,” Kristine Sanzo, of Cromwell, said. “I think it protects the people, who are buying online not sure who those people are.”
Fearing for her safety is the main reason that Sanzo said she will only buy from retailers, who ship items straight to her door.
Last October, Hartford Pastor Luis Borges was punched in the head and knocked unconscious while trying to buy an iPhone off of a seller he met on Craigslist. Raheem Rankine, of East Hartford, was arrested in connection with the robbery.
In 2013, Felix DeJesus, who was a father of two from Cromwell, died after being shot in the head while trying to sell two tablets in Hartford. Rashad Moon was arrested in connection with the murder of DeJesus.
Hartford police also allows people to complete online transactions in person at their police department.
Police in Cromwell said they are prepared to dedicate more space, if needed.
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