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For those wary of in-person transactions with buyers and sellers of online items, several police departments have designated safe meeting areas. And they’re full of cops. Bridgeport, Orange and Hartford police departments are among those providing meeting spots this holiday season for those using Craigslist or similar sites. Police stations are open around the clock, well-lighted and under video surveillance. Bridgeport Police Chief Armando Perez said online shopping can be tricky. “These criminals will offer something that is too good to be true and they will mislead victims to meet in an unfamiliar, dark place,” Perez said. “Unknown to the victim, there will be someone else lying wait.
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Police offer ‘safe zones’ for online sales transactions