SHERIFF'S OFFICE PROVIDES SAFE HAVEN FOR ONLINE SALES
Durham, N.C. – After a series of robberies related to online sales that prompted a recent crime alert, the Durham County Sheriff’s Office is offering residents a safe and secure location to complete their online sales. Sheriff Mike Andrews advises residents against meeting with a potential buyer or seller alone.
"We know the people like the ease that comes with buying or selling items online, but they should always consider their safety when meeting face-to-face with a stranger," said Sheriff Andrews. "We want people to know we're here to help."
Since June 2015, the Sheriff's Office has provided buyers and sellers a safe haven to exchange property under the watchful eye of a deputy. Additionally, deputies can check the property’s serial number in an attempt to determine whether it’s been reported stolen.
HOW DOES THE SAFE HAVEN PROGRAM WORK?
The service is available Monday through Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. and from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.
Buyers or sellers must schedule an appointment by contacting the Sheriff’s Office Communications Center at 919-560-0900.
Parties will meet the deputy in the Justice Center parking lot located on South Roxboro Street just south of West Pettigrew Street. The entrance is marked by a sign that displays the Sheriff’s gold star.
While the Durham County Sheriff’s Office will make every effort to facilitate a safe and secure transaction, neither the agency nor its employees provide any representations or warranties related to the goods or services.