Breckenridge Police open doors to Craigslist exchanges |

Breckenridge Police open doors to Craigslist exchanges

Craigslist shoppers can now make exchanges within the safety of the Breckenridge Police Department, located at 150 Valley Brook St.

The police department lobby is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., but exchanges can still be made after hours in the foyer, which has a 24-hour security camera and an emergency phone. Police will also allow residents to use the camera-monitored parking lot to exchange larger items, such as furniture.

Craiglist users are not required to check in at the station. The only restriction is that all transactions must be legal.

“Since Craigslist exchanges are usually with strangers, we wanted to make the police station into a Craigslist exchange safe zone,” said Breckenridge police assistant chief Dennis McLaughlin. “We’re ready to start having guests drop by for exchanges.”

Police stations nationwide are opening their doors to monitored swaps, following the recent incident in Longmont in which a pregnant woman was stabbed when she went to pick up baby clothes she saw in a Craigslist ad. Last year, a Kansas City couple was shot and robbed when they visited a house to buy a car for their son.

Police hope that opening the station will provide a safer place for Craigslist exchanges. Residents with questions can reach the Breckenridge Police Department at (970) 453-2941.

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