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What is a Safe Place?
A safe place (or Internet Purchase Exchange Location) is a dedicated location for online buyers and sellers to meet and conduct transactions, usually located in a police station parking lot. This eliminates the need to use your home or business for these transactions.
Why use a Safe Place for Internet Transactions?
Using your home or place of business can be risky. Each year, hundreds of people are robbed, beaten, or killed during exchanges. Even public places (like Walmart parking lots and gas stations) are not 100% safe.
Safe Place locations are public, well lit, and under video surveillance. Additionally, our Safe Place is located in our municipal complex where our police station (open 24/7/367) is located.
How do I use a Safe Place? Do I need to contact law enforcement first or make an appointment?
No appointment or prior notification is necessary, feel free to use our Safe Place location at a time convenient to you. That said, we recommend that you conduct your transactions during daylight hours whenever possible.
How do I get directions to the NFPD Safe Place?
Our Safe Place is located in the parking lot of our municipal complex located at 400 North Branch Road, Oakdale, 15071. Click here to input your address for directions.
What if I'm buying or selling large or bulky items, such as furniture?
When it's impractical to conduct internet transactions at a Safe Place location, we recommend the following:
If you have any questions about our Safe Place location or tips on conducting safe internet transactions, call our non-emergency line at 412-787-8900.