Sheriff offers internet commerce safety zone

Image courtesy Summit County Sheriff's Dept. via Facebook

AKRON, Ohio (WTHR) - So you've bought something on the internet from a seller you don't know. Where do you meet to give them your money and take home your item?

An Ohio sheriff's department is offering a safe spot where you can complete your business.

The Summit County Sheriff is offering space in the jail parking lot where buyers and sellers can feel safe.

They showed the location on their Facebook page.

The post says: "YOUR SAFETY IS OUR CONCERN - Meetings between buyers and sellers of merchandise can pose a safety concern for all involved, so the Summit County Sheriff's Office has created a new Internet Purchase Safety Zone at the Summit County Jail - 205 E. Crosier Street in Akron."

The jail is located just blocks from where Interstates 76 and 77 intersection in Akron.
The sheriff posted a large yellow sign in the visitor parking area where both buyer and seller can park and complete their transaction under constant video surveillance.
Although the sheriff recommends meeting between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., a dedicated camera is aimed at the Internet Purchase Safety Zone and records video 24/7.
The sign shows an emergency phone number that rings inside the jail.
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