We're happy to announce that the Rocky River Police Department has been designated a MeetUp Spot where sales transactions that originate online using apps such as OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, or Craigslist can be securely completed.
In addition to reducing the chance of fraudulent or criminal transactions, Internet Purchase Exchange Locations (IPELs) let buyers and sellers avoid giving personal information, such as home or work addresses, to complete a transaction.
As always, buyers and sellers should only make transactions they are comfortable with. Police will not be screening transactions, but will be available if problems arise. Buyers and sellers are welcome to come into the department lobby for extra security.
Regardless of the meeting place, buyers and sellers should avoid meeting at night but, if they must, should choose a well lit, public location with other people around. Try to bring a family member or friend when completing a transaction, and consider using cash or another form of payment that does not disclose personal financial or identifying information.