Online shopping provides a unique setting to connect customers with the products they want or need. To keep both parties safe, the Waxahachie Police Department is creating a safe exchange zone at the station.
Officer OT Glidewell stated the zone will be in front of the station and will be activated within the next two weeks.
"There will be two spots in front of the police department where people can pull in there and make a safe exchange whether it be an internet purchase or child custody exchange," Glidewell said. "The two spots will be monitored by video surveillance 24 hours a day, seven days a week. That way it is a little bit safer for everyone."
Glidewell stated the department is creating the zone in response to several robberies that have taken place over the past few months connected with an online purchase. He added the suspect in those robberies has been arrested in connection with those offenses.
Glidewell believes this zone will help to keep the public safe because of the added level of security with it located at the police department and will act as a deterrent to crime.
"The zones have been proven to be extremely effective in not only reducing scams, frauds, or robberies but they have been extremely effective in the child exchange as far child custody issues," Glidewell said. "When people are here at the police department they know that there is 24-hour surveillance watching them. Everyone tends to be on their best behavior whether it be feuding parents or internet exchanges."
If people don't want to use the zone, Glidewell recommends going to a public place that is very well lit with a lot of people around who can act as witnesses. People involved in an exchange need to let others know where they are going and when they are expecting to return home.
He advises that residents do not exchange items at their home or leave it on the porch for someone to pick up later while they are at work because of the danger it poses.
The zone will be activated within the next two weeks and two signs at the front of the police department will mark the parking spots. The department is working on the placement of cameras to capture the people involved in the exchange along with the license plates of the vehicles involved.
Residents who have questions about the exchange zone can contact the department at 469-309-4400. The department is located at 630 Farley Street in Waxahachie.