Michael L. Lyle, Chief
56 W. Foster St.
Melrose, MA 02176
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, July 24, 2017
Contact: John Guilfoil
Melrose Police Department Creates “Safe Zone” for Residents Making Online Transactions
MELROSE — Chief Michael Lyle announces that the Melrose Police Department will implement a new program designed to provide a safe and secure place for residents to meet strangers and complete online transactions on websites like Craigslist.
The Melrose Police Department is working with OfferUp, and online market place, to establish a “MeetUp Spot” at the police station to ensure buyers and sellers can make in-person transactions with more peace of mind.
While the Melrose Police Department cannot guarantee the quality or authenticity of items purchased online, the MeetUp Spot was created in order to give residents a safe, secure and public spot to conduct purchases and sales of items.
Beginning on Aug. 1, Melrose residents and business owners who wish to complete online transactions made through Facebook, Craigslist, or another medium can arrange to meet at the MeetUp Spot — located inside the lobby of the Melrose Police Station at 56 West Foster St.
The Melrose police station is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and is covered by security cameras.
“We understand that over the years more residents have moved to online shopping and regularly use sites like Craigslist to purchase and sell items,” Chief Lyle said. “Because of this, we want to offer a safe place for community members to meet to make these online transactions. We encourage residents and business owners to take advantage of this new program.”