Thanks to a donation from the Sherwood Police Foundation, the sign was installed Aug. 8 in the police parking lot.

COURTESY SHERWOOD POLICE FOUNDATION  - This new internet purchase exchange location in the Sherwood Police Department parking lot is expected to make online purchases and exchanges safer. The designated parking spot is under video surveillance. Worried that the Craigslist seller you're meeting to sell your prized family credenza will bonk you on the head and take off with your family heirloom?

Well the Sherwood Police Department just received an added layer of security to make sure that won't happen.

On Tuesday, Aug. 8, a so-called "safe zone" sign was installed for internet transactions in the police parking lot off of Borchers Drive, compliments of funding from the Sherwood Police Foundation and help and support from the city of Sherwood and its public works department.

"This was an idea and request raised by the Sherwood Police Foundation, so with my approval they paid for the sign to be made and it has now been placed in front of a couple stalls in the parking lot, in an area in the view of a surveillance camera," said Police Chief Jeff Groth. "This of course will offer folks a safe place to meet when they buy or sell something from Craigslist, or any other similar site, rather than having people meet at residences or in some dark parking lot."

Internet sale robberies in Oregon have become a concern in many communities over the last several years. In April, an Oregon man was arrested for allegedly robbing a victim he met in a parking lot while responding to the victim's ad for gaming equipment on Craigslist, according to the Medford Mail Tribune newspaper.

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