In an effort to make online transactions safer for both buyers and sellers, the Hernando County Sheriff Office is now allowing citizens to use its lobbies and parking lot to complete sales setup through online sites such as eBay and Craigslist.
The goal of creating these “Safe Zones” is to deter crimes from occurring during such transactions.
Law enforcement agencies in Florida as well as other states have set up similar “Safe Zones” in an effort to make in-person transactions more secure.
“Today’s technology makes it more convenient than ever for sellers and buyers of personal items to find each other,” said Sheriff Al Nienhuis. “Unfortunately, it also has created an opportunity for thugs to take advantage of unsuspecting citizens. We cannot do much about the international scams, but we can provide a safe haven for those wishing to complete these transactions here in Hernando County.”
“If even one honest citizen is spared the trauma of being a victim, the program will be worthwhile,” the Sheriff said. “Citizens should know that if the other party refuses to meet at the Hernando County Sheriff’s Office, they are up to no good.”
Citizens are encouraged to utilize the Sheriff’s Office lobby in Brooksville, 18900 Cortez Blvd. between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
The lobby in Spring Hill, 7499 Forest Oaks Blvd., may be used between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
If transactions need to be completed outside of normal business hours citizens may use the parking lot in Brooksville, which is well-lit and under 24-hour video surveillance.
If you plan to use the lobby we ask that you check in at the front desk prior to completing your transaction.