DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - A new initiative in the City of Denham Springs has drawn lots of support from the community. This week, Mayor Gerard Landy announced they city will be taking part in something called the Safe Transaction Initiative. It basically designates the city's police department as a safe zone for people who use websites like Craigslist to finish transactions.
The idea is catching on around the country, especially after recent reports that buyers and sellers were being held at gunpoint, robbed and some murdered after meeting up to exchange money and goods following an online deal.
"Why not just do it at the police department?" asked Denham Springs Mayor Gerard Landry.
Landry said the lobby at the Denham Springs Police Department is one are that can be used. He added that it is well lit, police are on duty and it is videotaped. The same goes for the the parking lot as well.
Police, however, will not get involved in any of those transactions unless something goes wrong.
Under the personal safety tab on the Craigslist page, the site has no added "Consider making high-value exchanges at your local police station." They now also suggest only dealing with local individuals and paying only with cash.
Mayor Landry said once the city posted about the new initiative on its Facebook page, it received 500 likes. He said they usually only get about 20 to 30 likes for something.
Several people have commented that these safe zones are a great idea and the only way they would do business.