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Inauguration of a Neutral Zone for Safe Exchanges in Châteauguay

Monday, 9 December, 2019

Châteauguay, December 9, 2019 – Today, the Châteauguay police department (SPC), together with the cities of Beauharnois, Châteauguay, Léry and Saint-Isidore, inaugurated a neutral meeting zone facing the police station at 55 Maple Boulevard in Châteauguay. This new location in the station’s parking lot will allow citizens to carry out e-commerce transactions safely at any time of day.

To record transactions taking place there, the zone will be filmed 24 hours a day using a high-definition camera. No police officers will monitor exchanges in real time because the recordings will be kept for several weeks after a transaction is carried out.

Inspired by similar initiatives conducted elsewhere in Canada, the neutral meeting zone concept has been introduced recently in Quebec, and it was initiated by Bromont. The Sherbrooke and Terrebonne police forces have adopted the concept. Following their lead, the SPC is one of the first police forces in the province to have this installation. The site is free seven days a week. It is available at all times and no authorization is required.

Examples of how to use the neutral zone

  • A seller and a buyer who have carried out a transaction on an online sales site, such as Kijiji, can schedule a meeting to safely exchange money and goods.
  • Separated parents can meet to exchange their children in custody situations.

A few safety tips for using the neutral zone

  • Never provide personal information.
  • Take screen shots of advertising or of information from the seller and all communications between the parties.
  • Check the name of the seller/buyer with an online search engine (Google, Bing, etc.).
  • Only bring the amount of money you need for the transaction.
  • Do not transfer money to the seller until you actually take possession of the item.
  • Note the vehicle’s licence plate number.
  • Should you have any doubts or the transaction makes you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts.

 

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Last update: 2019-12-12 13:45

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