Coquitlam RCMP launch new buy and sell exchange zone outside main detachment

Cpl. Alexa Hodgins standing beside exchange zone sign. Photos: RCMP

COQUITLAM RCMP have created a buy and sell exchange zone outside its main detachment at 2986 Guildford Way in Coquitlam. This area allows residents to complete online transactions or transfer children between parents and/or guardians in a safe known location.

“The safety and security of the community is our top priority,” said Cpl. Alexa Hodgins. “This is an excellent way to promote safe and respectful transactions.”

A prominent sign located outside the Coquitlam RCMP Main Detachment’s main entrance, marks the spot that will be under video surveillance 24/7. This area will not be actively monitored, but allows people to have easy access to assistance if necessary.

The Coquitlam RCMP detachment is open from Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Police are recommending that the public utilize this buy and sell exchange zone during business hours.

Online buy and sell transactions are commonly used by many citizens. There are numerous benefits to online private commerce; however, there are risks. Many people have become victims of crimes such as robberies, frauds and thefts when attempting to buy or sell property online. Coquitlam RCMP aim to increase public safety and reduce crime by giving people a place to conduct face-to-face transactions.

“The Coquitlam RCMP’s buy and sell exchange zone is well-lit and monitored by security cameras near the front entrance to the Coquitlam RCMP detachment,” said Hodgins. “We are encouraging the public to utilize this space if they are planning to buy or sell something online.”

If you are unable to utilize this area, Coquitlam RCMP is providing tips to protect yourself during a buy and sell exchange:

* Complete your transaction during daytime hours
* Bring a family or a friend with you
* Never complete a transaction by mail
* Limit the amount of personal information you provide
* Meet at a public location which is well lit and busy
* If something seems too good to be true, it probably is
If you are in immediate danger and require assistance, you must call 9-1-1. For all other inquiries call the non-emergency line at 604-945-1550.

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