The next time you complete an online transaction of buying or selling merchandise in which completing the deal may require meeting a complete stranger, you can now breathe a little easier when finalizing the transaction.
The Miami Beach Police Department joins a handful of other police departments around the nation in providing a Safe Haven Trade Zone. The program allows persons conducting online transactions a neutral and safe location to complete transactions. In this case, the meeting spot is Miami Beach Police Department’s main lobby, located at 1100 Washington, Avenue, Miami Beach, FL 33139.
“Police stations are public places that deter crime,” said Miami Beach Police Public Information Officer Ernesto Rodriguez. “Police stations are well-populated, operate 24/7 and provide a safe location to conduct Internet sale transactions.”
The Safe Haven Trade Zone allows individuals to meet in a public place rather than a personal home or secluded area. Online shoppers and sellers should let friends and family know where and when they are meeting for their transaction. By meeting at the police station, law enforcement officials believe the venue will deter a would-be criminal intent on stealing money or merchandise, or victimizing an innocent party.
Neither the police department nor members of the force have any role in transactions that may occur, however conducting such business in the station lobby can offer a sense of comfort for those needing to finalize a sale or purchase.
The Miami Beach Police Department is committed to keeping residents and visitors safe. For more information on public safety programs offered by the Miami Beach Police Department visit www.miamibeachfl.gov/pd