Wetaskiwin RCMP in partnership with the City of Wetaskiwin Bylaw Enforcement Services have set up a safe exchange site for residents to buy and sell goods from internet transactions.
This will create a safe location for legal internet transactions, such as purchases set up through websites such as Facebook, Kijiji and Craigslist.
The creation of this safe exchange sites comes from Wetaskiwin resident concerns regarding COVID-19 and property crime. This site will provide the public with a space to complete transactions in a safe space rather than having strangers attend their personal residences or work locations. The designated area will also help limit exposure for those doing the transactions.
The exchange site, located at the parking lot of the Wetaskiwin RCMP at 5005-48 Ave in Wetaskiwin, is marked with a sign. Wetaskiwin RCMP recommends that those wishing to use this area do so during daylight hours.
Wetaskiwin RCMP says that officers will not assist with the transfer or verify the authenticity or serial numbers of the items, however, they are nearby should something criminal occur.
RCMP also recommends bringing another family member or friend with you for the exchange, inspecting an item before committing to buy it, and warns to never accept cheques or a money wire transfer.
Serial numbers can be checked on the Canadian Police Information Centre’s online database to verify if something has been reported stolen.