Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Town Hall District Pilots Program To Make Online Transactions Safer


Our 19th District police are piloting a program that could give residents a safe place to conduct potentially risky online transactions such as Craigslist purchases.

Several times a year, police are called to assist people who've been robbed during online meet-ups:
- A woman was robbed when she met with someone who was supposed to sell her a PlayStation 3 in Uptown on Sunday.
- The department issued a community alert about Craigslist being used to lure cash-heavy victims last summer.
Now, wise Craigslist shoppers may consider using the lobby of the 19th District station at 850 West Addison for their retail rendezvous.

In an announcement this week, the 19th District CAPS office said that residents may use the Addison station lobby to conduct reasonable online transactions between 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. on most days.

Anyone who takes the department up on their offer should check in with desk personnel upon arrival. Common sense prevails. No "firearms, illegal or unwieldy items" such as "sofas and pianos" will be allowed in the station, the announcement said.

The Area North Headquarters at Belmont and Western is not participating in the program, police said. Transactions may not be permitted when deemed inappropriate due to police operations such as Cubs games and the Pride Parade, the CAPS office said.
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9 comments:

  1. Damn. And here I was planning to sell my grand piano in a Craigslist transaction at the police station during the pride parade.

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  2. Finally, a good idea from CPD.
    I'll bet that Rahm asks for a cut on the sale proceeds.

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    1. He expects desk personnel to collect 11% sales tax.

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  3. This is an incredibly reasonable idea. Makes people safer and hopefully frees up police resources.

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  4. The problem is how to get TO the police station safely. Gangbangers regularly commit their crimes within spitting distance of the 19th.

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  5. If someone backs out of the deal once they find out about the meetup location, can you inform the police?

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    1. Yeah, they don't respond for a home invasion unless it's in progress so I'm sure they'll get right on this.

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  6. And I'd like to see what happens when somebody brandishes a knife in there and runs off with an Xbox. Shit, look what goes down on the sidewalk across the street from the place.

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