Home | Subscriptions | Classifieds | Submit News | Contact | Links | Jennings County Living
North Vernon Plain Dealer Sun | North Vernon, IN
"It Shines for All!"North Vernon, IndianaLocally Owned and Operated Since 1862
North Vernon, Indiana, weather forecast
weather sponsored by

Garlitch

NEWS
August 15, 2020

6/17/2020 1:27:00 PM
New 'Meetup Safe Zone' opens for 24/7 private and public transactions at NVPD
Look for the blue sign marking the Meetup site.
+ click to enlarge
Look for the blue sign marking the Meetup site.

The City of North Vernon announces its new "Meetup Safe Zone" is now ready for the public to use.

NV Councilor Baron Wilder came up with the idea in January to create a safe spot in the city for public transactions to take place. These are more and more popular as people sell and buy items over the internet.

The area can also be used as a "neutral" meeting area for child custody exchanges.

The Council agreed and the spot it now read, costing at last report close to $10,000 to set up the area, which includes 24 hour video surveillance for the safety of those meeting.

Here is more information provided to this newspaper:

What is the Meetup Safe Zone?

Meetup Safe Zone is a designated location for residents to conduct transactions in a public location. Transactions may include online purchases, child custody exchanges or transactions where meeting in a public location will help improve personal safety.

Where is the Meetup Safe Zone located?

The Meetup Safe Zone is located in the City police department parking lot at 101 N Madison Ave behind the police department building and available for exchanges at all times. The area is identified by Meetup Safe Zone signage and two parking spaces with blue lines.

Is the Meetup Safe Zone monitored 24 hours a day?

While security monitoring is in place, a staff person is NOT assigned to viewing the footage or exchanges on a regular basis.

An officer will NOT monitor each exchange nor facilitate transactions.

The Meetup Safe Zone is not a guarantee of safety, but rather used as an additional option when people want to schedule an exchange or transaction in a public place.

Safety Tips

Here are some safe ty tips about in-person transactions

While many people who conduct business online are honest and sincere in buying and selling items, there are those who use it to facilitate crimes. These tips are mentioned as extra safety measures:

• Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you will return.

• If possible, have someone accompany you.

•Conduct ex-changes during daylight hours.

• Make sure the product works. Remember once you give the seller cash and leave, there aren't any refunds.

• Bring a cell phone and make sure it is turned on.

• Only purchase items from sellers who will meet in person and accept cash. If a seller insists on money transfer, i-tunes gift cards, or online payment, don't do it.

• If you are purchasing or selling a large ticket item (such as a vehicle), consider meeting at a bank.

• Always trust your instincts and take additional safety precautions as necessary.

• Cancel plans for a transaction if you identify any red flags or have additional concerns for your safety.

• If it's too good to be true, it probably is.

• The City of North Vernon assumes no liability whatsoever for those using the zone.





Article Comment Submission Form
Please feel free to submit your comments.

Article comments are not posted immediately to the Web site. Each submission must be approved by the Web site editor, who may edit content for appropriateness. There may be a delay of 24-48 hours for any submission while the web site editor reviews and approves it.

Note: All information on this form is required. Your telephone number is for our use only, and will not be attached to your comment.
Submit an Article Comment
First Name:
Required
Last Name:
Required
Telephone:
Required
Email:
Required
Comment:
Required
Passcode:
Required
Anti-SPAM Passcode Click here to see a new mix of characters.
This is an anti-SPAM device. It is not case sensitive.
   


Advanced Search

Sawyer Pickett
IN Cov
House Web Advertising
CDC
Nat Head
COVID19
A1 Taxi
Hensley Don Herr Estate

CouponsReportsLife
© 2012 North Vernon Plain Dealer and Sun
PO Box 988, 528 East O&M Ave
North Vernon, IN 47265
Telephone 812.346.3973
All images on this site are property of the North Vernon Plain Dealer and Sun and may not be reproduced without consent of the publisher.

Software © 1998-2020 1up! Software, All Rights Reserved