Located along the curb, the two parking spaces that make up the exchange zone are easy to identify, thanks to their bright green stripes and signage. There is no fee to use the exchange zone.
Sea Isle becomes the latest New Jersey municipality to designate a specific area as an internet exchange zone for the public. With internet purchases through Craigslist and other online outlets becoming more popular, the idea is to provide safe areas where strangers may exchange goods and money.
“This is an area where people can exchange things in a safe setting,” Sea Isle Mayor Leonard Desiderio said. “There are cameras here, and it is right in front of the police station in City Hall.”
Sea Isle said in a press release Wednesday announcing the exchange zone that is important to remember that strangers who show up for online transactions may be dangerous. When making arrangements to complete online transactions face-to-face, residents are reminded to:
· Complete all transactions during daylight hours, if possible.
· Bring a cell phone in case of emergency.
· Notify friends or family about the details of the exchange beforehand.
· Never invite strangers into your vehicle or home – or enter a stranger’s car or agree to meet at a stranger’s home.
· Reconsider any transaction with an individual who refuses to meet at a designated “Exchange Zone.”
· In the event of any emergency, dial 911.
The Sea Isle Police Department will not verify or facilitate private transactions that are conducted within the exchange zone, the city said. Any complaints regarding transactions occurring in the exchange zone should follow normal criminal or civil procedures.