- Associated Press - Friday, May 13, 2016

BRUNSWICK, Maine (AP) - Brunswick police have established a monitored “Internet purchase exchange location” in the department’s parking lot for buyers and sellers to make safe transactions.

The department made the announcement Thursday and installed signs in the parking lot of its Pleasant Street station advertising the safe zone.

A post on the Brunswick Police Department’s Facebook page says the exchange is intended for people who buy and sell items on online marketplaces such as Craigslist, Uncle Henry’s and Facebook “yard sales.” The safe zone will be monitored around the clock.

Police encourage residents to take advantage of the location and have advised against meeting strangers at private residences or other unfamiliar areas.

Other police departments across Maine have set up similar outposts.

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