The Lorain Police Department, along with nearly all other law enforcement agencies in Lorain County, offers "Transaction Safe Zones" for the public to meet and exchange property during local sales transactions that are arranged through online services such as OfferUp, LetGo, Craigslist, or the numerous Facebook Yard Sale groups. Our lobbies are safe, secure, and video recorded. There have been multiple robberies reported recently that were set up on such online services. Some robberies occur through bogus listings where the item really isn't for sale while others occur when a legitimate seller is robbed by a fraudulent buyer. Please consider meeting in our lobby when you engage in such online sales transactions. A reasonable person should have no objection to meeting you in our lobby. If you request to meet at the police station and they refuse, you may want to avoid that transaction. If you choose not to meet in our lobby, please use common sense and caution for your own safety during these transactions. Items that sound too good to be true (i.e. priced extremely low) very well may be too good to be true. Buyers or sellers who insist that they can only meet during hours of darkness in questionable locations should be avoided. If you are member of online "yard sale" groups here on Facebook, please share this post with those groups to spread the word. Information on our Transaction Safe Zone can be found at the included link.