Sheriff Opens 'Safe Exchange Zones' for Goods, Child Transfers

Buying and selling things on line is easy, but, if you're selling to or buying from an individual, the meeting to exchange goods and money can be kind of dicey, News Radio 1200 WOAI reports.

So the Bexar County Sheriff's Office is opening two Safe Exchange Zones, where people can transfer items purchased on E-Bay, and also conduct sometimes very emotional custodial child exchanges.

The Safe Exchange Zones are located inside Sheriff's substations in Converse on the northeast side, and on Gagnon Rd. on the west side.

The areas will be open to the public 24/7. They will be well lit, equipped with 24 hour surveillance video, and well marked.

There will be room for several different transactions to take place at the same time.

Robberies and assaults have taken place when people have pulled out cash to buy items bought on line, and custodial exchanges involving parents who are engaged in bitter divorce battles can be problematic as well.

The Sheriff also recommends:

* Carry only the amount of cash needed to make the purchase.

* Having a friend or relative present can deter criminal acts from the seller/ buyer.

* And lastly, If it’s too good to be true, then it probably is.

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