A 2014 “Daily Dot” study of Craigslist transactions in the United States over a 30-day period revealed the occurrence of 74 criminal incidents in 27 states, including the District of Columbia. Of those incidents, 11 resulted in violence, three resulted in death, and eight carried a threat of violence.
In an effort to protect Wake Forest residents from becoming victims of crime when selling or purchasing items advertised online, the Wake Forest Police Department is introducing a new initiative designed to provide a safe zone for transactions called “Operation Safe Sale.”
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, Wake Forest residents who are selling or purchasing items advertised online may come to the police department, 225 S. Taylor St., to complete their transaction. Transactions may be made in the police department parking lot or inside the lobby, either with or without an officer present.
At the request of either party, a police officer will be available to check the serial number to determine whether the item has been entered through state or national databases as stolen property. Anyone wishing to have an officer present will be required to schedule an appointment by calling 919-554-6150.
The Wake Forest Police Department will not make any representations or warranties regarding the goods or services transferred between parties. Any item found entered as stolen through a state or national database will be subject to seizure and criminal charges may result.
Operation Safe Sale aligns with Goal 2 of the Wake Forest Strategic Plan: Enhance and Promote a Safe and Connected Community and Objective F: Enhance the sense of safety in the town.
According to Police Chief Jeff Leonard, the initiative is an effective way the police department can ensure the safety of the town’s citizens and reinforce its commitment to the strategic plan.
“We’re committed to safeguarding the lives and property of the people in our community,” said Leonard. “Operation Safe Sale offers us an invaluable way to do that and reduce the sense of anxiety many residents feel whenever they are buying or selling items advertised online. By helping our residents feel safer, we’re improving the quality of life in our community and accomplishing an important goal in the strategic plan.”