A Toronto city councillor hopes to make buying and selling online a little safer.
Former Deputy Mayor Norm Kelly will introduce a motion on Tuesday to set up meeting spots on police property for in-person online purchase exchanges typically associated with sites such as Craigslist and Kijiji.
The idea is to reduce potentially violent robberies, and fraud related to online transactions.
The initiative comes after Peel police set up ‘safe zones’ at Peel police headquarters in Brampton, allowing for buyers and sellers to complete transactions in the safety of a monitored parking lot.
The Peel zone is essentially two parking spaces outside the station, seen by video cameras. The area collects information about a potential fraudulent buyer/seller but is not an place where officers would assist in negotiating a civil property transaction.
Similar safe zones exist in Kingston and Windsor.
— Norm Kelly (@norm) November 7, 2016