The Grand Junction Police Department is now offering an 'e-commerce safe zone' where residents can conduct financial transactions following an online sale.

So, how is this any different than a typical transaction on Craigslist or eBay? As you can imagine, many people are skeptical about having strangers come to their home to make purchases. People can also be a little uneasy about the idea of walking around with a pocket full of cash.

The Grand Junction Police Department, like many law enforcement agencies around the country, has set up safe zones at their building and parking lot.

Here's how a transaction would unfold:

You buy and sell your items per normal via Craigslist, eBay, Facebook, or one of the many other online commerce sites. Then, you make arrangements with your buyer/seller to meet at the Grand Junction Police Department to make the transaction. The GJPD lobby is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., or if your transaction is taking place after hours, there are two well-lit areas of the parking lot equipped with 24-hour video surveillance.


Should someone refuse to meet with you at these locations, then it may just be possible you've encountered a scam or dishonest buyer/seller.