NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - North Charleston Police say they've found a way for people to meet in public and safely complete online transactions.
On Friday, the police department announced the creation of three Online Exchange Zones for such sales.
The zones are located at North Charleston City Hall, and the substations located at Cosgrove and Rivers Avenues and on Cross County Road.
Police say the exchange zones will lower the risk of being robbed or killed while attempting to buy or sell something through a website.
In 2013, a Charleston man was shot to death after arranging to sell his pickup truck on Craigslist.
"We find nationwide that some of these deals have gone bad for some citizens and this offers them an opportunity to meet here, would be the safer option," North Charleston Police Officer Maria Leahy said.
Signs clearly show where the buyer and seller should meet. Surveillance cameras will record each transaction.
"We have video surveillance available, we have a higher police presence available," Leahy said. "They are recording 24-7, it provides great pictures, the technology is so much better now than it was in the day."
Calvin Blake wishes he thought twice before arranging to buy a motor home on Craigslist last month. Blake sent the supposed seller more than $5,000 for the RV to be delivered to his home.
It never arrived and he realized he had been ripped off.
"It would have been more if I didn't catch myself and realize what they were doing," Blake said.
Police say if someone is not willing to make a sale at one of the three locations, it is probably a good idea to cancel the transaction.
Officers say gun sales are prohibited at the exchange zones.
The cameras were donated by a private business and won't cost taxpayers any money.