New Bedford police create Internet Purchase Exchange Zone in parking lot

NEW BEDFORD, Mass. (WPRI) — New Bedford police have set up a new initiative to increase resident safety during online transactions that are exchanged in person.

A news released explained that the parking lot of 871 Rockdale Avenue, the New Bedford police station, has now been officially designated as an Internet Purchase Exchange Zone.

The parking lot is monitored by security cameras 24 hours a day and no appointment or notification is needed to utilize it.

Police are encouraging residents to use this space when completing online transactions.

“We understand the voluminous amount of private trading that is conducted online. Most have honorable intentions, however, there are those who prey on and manipulate the system for other than legitimate trade and hide under the veil of anonymity. Therefore we welcome you to conduct your exchange in our Intern” said Police Chief Joseph C. Cordeiro.

For more information about the Internet Purchase Safe Exchange Zone, call Lt. Amos Melo at 508-991-6300 ext. 79427.