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Remember, the OPP made a safe space for completing online transactions in Collingwood

No need to meet to meet at home or in sketchy places to complete online transactions
Two parking spots at the Collingwood OPP detachment now feature this yellow logo to indicate an Internet Purchase Exchange Zone, where members of the public can come to complete an online purpose or exchange in a safe, public place. From left, Community Safety Officer Const. Marcey Rivers, Councillor Mike Edwards, Staff Sgt. Terry Ward, Media Relations Officer Martin Hachey, Councillor Tim Fryer, Councillor Kathy Jeffery, and Detachment Commander Sgt. Mary Shannon. Erika Engel/CollingwoodToday

The Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police would like to remind members of the public about the program launched in an effort to make online transactions safer for buyers and sellers.

The purpose of Project Safe Trade is to create a 'community safe zone' at an OPP detachment parking lot in which to facilitate online property transactions. Creating a "community safe zone" is about moving online transactions away from secluded parking lots, personal residences or other areas and bringing them to a public place. 

We are inviting members of the public to use the OPP 'safe trade' designated parking spaces at our detachment. These safe trade parking spaces are available at all times with no appointment necessary. The OPP does not monitor or mediate the use of these premises for these purposes.

Online transaction safety tips:

  • Meet in a busy public place
  • Bring a trusted friend or family member along as a witness
  • Keep transactions to daylight hours
  • Do not erase emails, texts or voicemails between yourself and the seller/buyer