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501 South Washington
Carbondale, Illinois 62901

Phone (618) 457-3200
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Safe Exchange Zone Initiative

The City of Carbondale Police Department has initiated a program called a Safe Exchange Zone.  This initiative attempts to address safety and awareness concerns regarding Internet based purchases from websites like Craigslist and EBay, as well as the various local Facebook groups, such as Heartland Community Swap or simply any other item advertised for sale from an individual, regardless of the source of the advertised sale.  While many websites, including those previously mentioned, are very credible and are heavily utilized, their popularity make them an easy target for criminal activity from online predators.  While the City of Carbondale Police Department has not investigated any incidents involving meetings where transaction encounters have led to violence, we want to have a secure location available for our citizens to help ensure and enhance their safety and to minimize the opportunity for an encounter to go wrong. 

The Safe Exchange Zone initiative provides our citizens a safe area for prospective buyers and sellers to meet.  We have designated our public parking lot, located on the south side of the police department, as well as the police department lobby, both of which are accessible from South Washington Street, as a Safe Exchange Zone for any type of legitimate exchange our citizens may need.  This may include internet based buyer and seller transactions. 

For decades, the police department has informally encouraged the use of the police facility for parents and caregivers who have concerns regarding child custody transfers.  The Safe Exchange Zones are available to the public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The Safe Exchange Zones are under video surveillance at all times and they are well lit at night to provide extra protection to the public.  The Safe Exchange Zone security extends into our police department lobby to provide an even higher layer of security and shelter which we encourage our citizens to utilize for buyer and seller transactions.

If you intend to pursue a meeting to purchase or sell an advertised item from any individual you do not know, please be cautious and do not provide personal or financial information.  When corresponding with buyers or sellers you are not familiar with, be extra vigilant by electronically disabling all of the location services on your device and do not send digital photographs with embedded global positioning system (GPS) data.  This includes disabling the ‘Frequent Locations’ function located in your ‘System Services’ security setting on cellular telephones.  Also, ensure the background location and items in the photographs you post or send do not inadvertently reveal personal information, location information or other items, which may attract online predators.  Additionally, ask a lot of questions if you decide to meet with a prospective buyer or seller.  Do not meet someone you’re not familiar with in a location you’re not familiar with and do not meet them alone.  Most importantly, use the City of Carbondale Police Department Safe Exchange Zone at 501 South Washington Street to help ensure a safe transaction encounter.

The City of Carbondale Police Department works hard to establish and maintain positive interactions with the members of our community.  We value the input of those who work, live and attend school in our community, and we strive to provide the best services to everyone who visits or calls Carbondale and SIU home.

If you have any questions about the Safe Exchange Zone initiative, please contact the Sergeant Amber Ronketto at 618-457-3200, extension 465.


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