Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Press Release - Craigslist Transactions

Below is a press release from Milton Police Lieutenant John Conger.  Tips to stay safe during craigslist transactions are also available on the craigslist siteClick here to view the story about the Janesville attempted robbery on the Janesville Gazette website.

For some time, our agency has been discussing the potential of using our Police Department lobby as a public location for people to do craigslist transactions. It is a practice that is becoming increasingly popular with law enforcement agencies nationwide. 

Therefore, in light of yesterday’s attempted armed robbery in Janesville, involving a craigslist transaction, we have decided to immediately begin offering this service. 

Craigslist, and similar type monetary transactions can sometimes be unpredictable, as community members are dealing with people unknown to them. Those types of transactions can often be fraudulent, and at times, evolve into an unsafe situation. 

In response, we are offering the use of our Police Department lobby as a location in which to conduct such transactions. 

To be clear, our staff will not assist with the transactions. It is simply a means to provide a safe and public location in which to conduct monetary transactions. 

The lobby space will only be available for transactions during normal business hours. 

To be certain that the lobby is open for use, please make a courtesy call to our agency prior to scheduling a transaction. The main office can be reached at 868-6910, and normal business hours are, generally, Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 4:00pm. 

The City of Milton Police Department is located at 120 Parkview Drive.