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From the Suffolk County Sheriff's Facebook Timeline:

The Suffolk County Sheriff's Office has created two Safe Transaction Zones designed to help protect citizens from various crimes associated with online transactions including robberies, thefts and assaults. Future planning will expand this initiative to additional locations.

The safe transaction zones are located at the Sheriff's Office, 100 Center Drive Riverhead, NY, and at our Yaphank Facility, 202 Glover Drive, Yaphank, NY. Both are clearly marked with red and white signs and are in full view of on duty Deputy Sheriffs. Over time these areas will be enhanced with video cameras.

Citizens are encouraged to use the marked areas as a place to meet and conduct transactions that require in-person exchanges of online purchases.

Deputy Sheriffs will not participate in the exchanges or act as official witnesses in transactions. Most purchase agreements and transactions are civil matters. However with deputies nearby, the area will be safer for buyers and sellers and will deter criminals who want commit crimes against others.
Citizens are encouraged to use the area during daylight hours and will not have to schedule an appointment with the Sheriff's Office.

Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when conducting such transactions:
• Do not go to a transaction alone.
• Make sure a friend or family member is aware of the transaction details.
• Insist on meeting in a public area like our safe transaction zones.
• Do not go into someone else's house, and do not allow them into yours.
• Complete the transaction during daylight hours.
• Be extra cautious when buying or selling valuable items such as vehicles and jewelry.
• Only use cash or money orders to complete your transactions.
• Trust your instincts, if it sounds like a scam it probably is.
• If somebody is not willing to come to the Sheriff's Office to do a transaction it is probably not a legitimate transaction.

For directions to our Safe Transaction Zones, visit:
http://www.suffolkcountyny.gov/…/TheCorrect…/Directions.aspx
 

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I think its a good idea. Although I have never had a deal go bad and I have done some dumb/crazy craigslist deals like going into staten island at 1am to buy a quad with 2500 cash(not the smartest thing I have ever done). But I do know people who have been robbed so I think a safe zone and controlled setting is a great idea.
 

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Ummm. So I should go to a spot where I can expect to under the surveillance of the government? My spidey senses are tingling the same way they did when the NSA said they weren't recording and storing all of our personal phone calls.

A part of me is appreciative of the face value intent to reduce craigslist deals with shady people. The cynic side says take your databases and facial recognition and stuff up your fake Butt wolf in Sheeps clothing butthole.

But I live in Michigan, so I guess it really doesn't matter to me.
 

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Smile for the camera and make sure you give the vehicle with the darkened windows across the street a good frontal and profile view - and make sure your license plate is readable. What if both parties came dressed in burqas?
 

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Even if you don't actually meet there, just suggesting it to the buyer/seller to see if they balk might be good enough to know if you should proceed with the transaction.
 

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Repeat after me I need the Goverment to protect me ..... Iam feble and need protection... How have I managed this long without the Goverment in every aspect of my life ...... Do they have a housing unit so I can feel safe 24/7 ? If you can't tell I hate this idea ....!
 

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Will the NYS dept of Finance be there to make sure the appropriate sales tax is collected?
Only if your tax ID number is clearly tattooed on your forehead so the satellites can read it
 
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