Society relies on social media more and more these days. Whether it’s for information or trading and buying items from strangers, and sometimes that can be scary.
To combat that problem, the Wichita Falls Police Department is creating an area where people can meet up, in a safe location.
The zone is in the back parking lot of the police department marked with a sign and yellow stripes.
The zone allows people wanting to meet up to buy sell or trade items in a safe environment.
It also allows parents to meet up in a safe environment when switching custody.
The area is under 24-hour surveillance, something Officer Jeff Hughes said can bring peace of mind to individuals making exchanges.
“This is something brand new that we’ve started, we’ve seen a trend nationwide where these safe exchange zones are being posted or being created and we wanted to give our folks in the community a safe place to make these exchanges,” Hughes said.
Hughes said fraudulent buyers or sellers have become more and more common and said he hopes this safe exchange zone helps by acting as a deterrent for fraud.