- Associated Press - Thursday, July 23, 2015

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho (AP) - A city in northern Idaho is joining a hundred others across the country in offering safe meeting places for people selling or buying through online platforms like Craigslist.

Coeur d’Alene police Sgt. Christie Wood says people can now use the department’s parking lot during normal business hours to conduct business, a practice similar to one put in place by the Post Falls Police Department.

The Coeur d’Alene Press reports (https://bit.ly/1CWXiBQ) Post Falls Police Capt. Greg McLean says the deaths of a Georgia couple in January that was linked to a Craigslist transaction prompted the department to create its safe zone.

He said his department’s lot has 24-hour surveillance and is being used increasingly by residents.

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Information from: Coeur d’Alene Press, https://www.cdapress.com

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