As more people conduct private business transactions online, there has been a nationwide increase in crime with respect to these transactions. Therefore the Romulus Police Department is taking a proactive approach to deter crime by creating an Online Purchase Safe Zone, or E-Commerce Zone. In an attempt to reduce the likelihood of citizens falling victim to scams or more serious crimes; the Romulus Police Department has designated the lobby and front of the police station as the Online Purchase Safety Zone. These areas are under 24-hour video surveillance.
Citizens who are conducting private business transactions by answering newspaper advertisements, or through online retailers such as eBay, Craigslist, etc. can finalize their business transactions in a safe place.
While law enforcement officials will not be involved in verification, monitoring or facilitating the private transactions, this program is designed to provide a known, well-lit and secure location to conduct business. Citizens can request the other person to meet at this E-Commerce Zone if the other party declines, then chances are it is a sign of "buyers beware."
The Romulus Police Department is not reacting to any one specific incident, but rather is trying to be proactive and provide a location where the citizens can feel safe meeting another unknown party to conduct their private business. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Police Department.