The Smyrna Police Department is offering a safer way for residents to sell and buy merchandise arranged through Craigslist and other online services.
The department said it’s offering its headquarter’s lobby and parking lot as safe meeting places. Residents can also make transactions with an officer present, Christopher Graeff, public information officer with the Smyrna Police Department, said.
“These transactions are risky,” Graeff said. “Just adding this one more step is just kind of like a no-brainer to us.”
He said the Operation Safe Sale initiative is to give residents a peace of mind, and will be available 24/7.
In addition to offering meeting places, Graeff said police can check if items were either stolen or lost before a sale even takes place by checking an item’s serial number.
The initiative comes after two fatal incidents last week involving online ads.
Last week, a Marietta Couple was found dead in South Georgia after responding to a Craigslist offer about a car. On Friday, a man in DeKalb County was fatally shot after responding to an ad about a dog.