The Upper Arlington Police Division recently created a “safe zone” in hopes of eliminating risks in the sometimes murky world of internet-driven transactions.

Internet marketplaces such as Craigslist, Letgo or Facebook Marketplace offer numerous opportunities for individuals to find any number of items available for purchase. When conducting business via the internet, however, people often don’t know whom they’re dealing with, and the physical transaction of money for goods can be a daunting and sometimes dangerous proposition.

That’s why the UAPD this month established an “Internet Purchase Exchange Location” outside the Upper Arlington Municipal Services Center, 3600 Tremont Road.

The area at the southeast corner of the building is designated by a small sign and provides a place where people can make transactions in an area that’s frequently crowded with bystanders, that’s within steps of the UAPD and which is under 24-hour video surveillance.

“We found a place that was visible by our security cameras,” said UAPD officer Bryan McKean. “We’re just trying to provide a safe space for people who are meeting strangers for these types of transactions.”

Read the full story in the Jan. 18 edition of ThisWeek Upper Arlington News.