Safe, IRL trading zones prevent Craigslist crimes

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It goes without saying that there is an element of risk attached to fulfilling online transactions in person. So for those who are a bit wary of giving out their home address to the complete stranger that bought their old bike from Craiglist, American cities have begun to initiate safe internet exchange zones, which are monitored by cameras or local police. These range from well-surveilled, public areas in cities including Denton, North Carolina and Marlborough, Massachusetts, to Safe Trade Stations inside dozens of local police stations. While the exact practice varies from place to place, the basic concept remains the…

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