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Ankeny Police Department Extends Offer to Transact Craigslist Sales at its Facility
Posted Date: 5/28/2014

Ankeny, Iowa Press Release

May 28, 2014

Ankeny Police Department

Ankeny Police Department Extends Offer to Transact Craigslist Sales at its Facility

Gary J. Mikulec, Police Chief
City of Ankeny Police Department

ANKENY, Iowa (May 28, 2014) - Ankeny residents and business owners who buy and sell on Craigslist or other exchange sites may conduct their cash transactions in the parking lot of the Ankeny Police Department. The parking lot is active throughout the day, monitored by security cameras 24 hours a day, and well-lit in the evening.

“With scams related to buying and selling over the Internet, a recommended safeguard is to conduct the transaction in a safe location,” said Ankeny Police Chief Gary Mikulec. “Inviting unknown persons into your home or potentially dealing with a group of people while acting alone could result in unintended or harmful consequences for the seller.”

Selling smaller items, such as jewelry, computers, cameras, coin collections or artifacts, often requires the seller to invite the purchaser to his/her home to pick up the sold item(s). Driving those items to the police department parking lot eliminates any potential danger to the seller or the seller’s family and property.

“Moving the sale to the police department parking lot also can cut down on the exchange of counterfeit money and the possibility that the buyer is at a private residence to evaluate the area before committing a crime,” said Chief Mikulec. “While items cannot be stored at the police department or in the parking lot, if the item can be safely transported, such as a vehicle or lawn mower, the seller should consider conducting the transaction at our facility.”

Additional safety tips for those conducting a transaction with an unknown buyer include the following:

• Use a phone or camera to capture a photograph of the vehicle and license plate.
• Only accept cash or a cashier’s check for sale. Personal checks have some risk; however, the buyer can contact the listed bank to verify that the buyer has an active account before closing the transaction.
• Conduct sales during weekdays so banking or financial institutions can be contacted if there is a problem.

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