Wake County

Rolesville creates safe zone for internet sales

The town has become the latest Triangle community to offer a safe place for buyers and sellers to meet to complete sales arranged on the internet.

The Rolesville Police Department’s “safe” zone is located just outside the department’s building at 204 Southtown Circle and is under 24-hour video surveillance. Safe zones or swap spots are gaining popularity across the country to counter crimes that occur when strangers meet after ostensibly agreeing to buy and sell goods through Craigslist or other internet sites.

Though Rolesville police won’t supervise the transactions, the location in the department’s parking lot is designed to provide some peace of mind for those who may feel uncomfortable meeting a stranger at their home or in another location.

More than a half-dozen other Triangle law enforcement agencies offer safe places to complete internet transactions, including Apex, Cary, Durham County, Garner, Morrisville, Orange County, Smithfield and Wake Forest.