Police: Don't Get Robbed. Sell Your Craigslist Items at the Police Station!

Nervous about selling your old gadgets on Cragislist? Your fears aren’t unfounded. According to authorities, Craigslist robberies are on the rise.

"It's happening all over the country," said Milwaukee police officer Lisa Staffold. "The media has deemed it 'robbery by appointment' because you're posting ads, you're selling your iPhones, your iPads, your vehicles, and when you go to a meeting location, you're being robbed.”

However, there is a solution – conduct your Craigslist transactions at the local police station! The Milwaukee PD encourages citizens to sell their goods at the safest place in town, and officers in other cities are bound to follow suit.

"If they don't want to meet you at a safe place, if they don't want to meet you at a police district, that should be a red flag, an indicator: Don't do business with that individual," Staffold said.

I’ve only sold one item on Craigslist, a computer, and the transaction went fine. However, I followed a few basic safety tips. If you’re thinking of buying or selling an item on Craigslist, or other online service, here are a few rules to follow:

• Meet in a busy, well-lit public place, preferably during daylight hours. If the buyer balks at meeting in a safe location, don’t do business with him or her.
• If possible, bring a friend along to the transaction or at least let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.
• Bring a cell phone and keep it handy at all times.
• If an item is listed at a fraction of its retail value, stay away. It’s either stolen or criminals are using it to attract people to rob.
• Share as little personal information as possible.

Sources: Jezebel, Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Photo: morgueFile/ppdigital

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