This weekend, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department officially opened 14 “Exchange Zones” in partnership with QuikTrip to provide people “safe zones” for buying and selling things from Craigslist, Facebook, and other online marketplaces.
Two parking spots will be painted red at 14 QuikTrip locations around the Charlotte region. They will be monitored by a 24/7 video camera, and officers will do periodic zone checks of each location, according to a CMPD press release.
“The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department partnered with Quick Trip and coordinated exchange zones to offer community members a safer alternative while conducting online transactions,” the release read. “It’s critical for community members to understand that there is always a potential threat to safety whenever unknown parties meet to conduct financial transactions, regardless of the location.”
They announced the finalized locations on their Facebook page;
Mount Holly also launched their own Exchange Zone in the parking lot of their police station;
CMPD is currently in talks with other local businesses to open more of these safe zones around the Charlotte region.
What do you think about these new ‘exchange zones’? Will you use them?