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Carl Junction Police Department aims to make local buy-sell-trade community safe

Sharon Neale's home is filled with good deals.

She is an active member of many local buy-sell-trade chapters, which sparked her desire to start the carl junction group.  

"I love doing this because you meet a lot of nice people buying their stuff that's used but still in good shape," said Neale.

But with the thrill of a good find, there's also a danger that comes with the online trading community, particularly if two parties plan to meet in person.

"You could be blind-sided by somebody that's trying to steal something or hurt you."

"There's a lot of that going on with the different Facebook buy and sell places and that kind of thing where people are meeting," said Delmar Haase, Carl Junction Police Chief.

Haase wants to keep the buy sell trade community safe, which is why the department now recommends anyone looking to make a purchase or exchange, to do so on its parking lot.

"The public paid for this building, and I think they ought to be able to use it. We've got surveillance outside, if they want to come to the lobby it's under surveillance too," said Haase.

"And they can keep an eye if something does go wrong," said Neale.

The police parking lot option is also a way to gauge people's intentions.

"If they're not wanting to meet you at a police station where it's safe than I would be hesitant to do business with them," said Haase.

But for those who not interested in meeting here at the police station parking lot, he recommends always bringing someone with you and making sure the space is well lit.

"It is safer by number than by yourself, but is that's the case, the Carl Junction Police Department would make it a good place to go," said Neale.

Chief Haase adds that people are welcome to buy, sell or trade on the parking lot seven days a week. However, the department does not permit any transactions involving weapons.

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