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Durham sheriff offers safe place for Craigslist transactions

Posted June 11, 2015

Transactions that start online and end in the real world can be tricky.
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— Durham County Sheriff Mike Andrews is offering a safe place for anyone who wants to buy or sell something on Craigslist, eBay or other websites.

Andrews said Thursday that buyers and sellers can conduct transactions in the parking lot at the Durham County Justice Center under the watchful eye of a deputy. The service is available by appointment only, weekdays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Last month, the Orange County Sheriff's Office also offered a "safe zone" and deputies for transactions.

"The safety of our citizens is of utmost importance," Andrews said in a statement. "There are simple ways to provide a safe and secure community, and this effort seeks to advance that objective."

The deputy can also check serial numbers to determine whether property is stolen.

Call 919-560-0900 to schedule an appointment in Durham County.


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  • Mark Cline Jun 11, 2015
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    I thought it was a good idea when Orange County did this. I think it's still a good idea. It's certainly a better idea than having someone beat up, robbed, killed over a pair of expensive basketball shoes, followed up by police response, investigation and trials.

  • La'King Henry Jun 11, 2015
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    Durham police officer don't have the time to babysit someone buying video games and junk