MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) - With the approach of the holiday season, the Marshall, Texas, Police Department wants to remind people that it has a place where they safely can complete transactions that they started online.
The Internet purchase exchange locations are spaces in the public parking lot at 2101 East End Blvd. North.
Officers are not assigned to facilitate or monitor the transactions.
But the parking spaces are in a well-lit area monitored 24 hours a day by surveillance cameras.
"We encourage our community to utilize these places in order to ensure the safety of both buyer and seller during these transactions," Police Chief Jesus "Eddie" Campa said. "Please don't meet strangers at private residences or in areas that you are unfamiliar with."
Any reluctance by either party to meet in the Marshall Police Department parking lot should be taken as a warning about the legitimacy of the sale, police spokeswoman Kelly Colvin said.
A buyer or seller who communicates only by email, fails to provide a telephone number or who tries to make a last-minute change in the meeting location should make you reconsider following through with the purchase or sale.