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Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Clermont police create “Safe Zone” for transactions

If you’ve ever been leery of conducting business with someone after making contact with them on the internet, the Clermont Police Department has your back.

The department recently added a “Safe Zone Transactions” location in the main parking lot of its new headquarters, 3600 S. U.S. Highway 27. The area is designated by a prominently displayed sign that includes important information and instructions.

“Safe zones can help the residents of Clermont feel at ease as transactions can now take place directly in front of the police station under 24-hour video surveillance,” Sgt. Malcolm Draper, of the Community Oriented Policing and Problem Solving (COPPS) Unit, states in a news release.

Crimes and scams sometimes are committed during internet-related business transactions. Safe Zones have been successful deterrents used by law enforcement across the country, Malcolm says.

“The creation of these zones will greatly enhance the public’s ability to safely conduct transactions,” Clermont Chief Charles Broadway says in the release. “Clermont residents should be very cautious when conducting business with anyone who refuses to meet in front of a police station and should arrange sales during daylight hours.”