Over the past several years the e-marketplace has made personal transactions quick and easy in most cases, but everyone must be alert to the fact that there are those individuals that use these forums to victimize others. Reports have been received nationwide regarding scams and threats to personal safety by exchanging goods with strangers in unsecured areas.
In response to growing e-commerce and the potential threats to our community, the North Richland Hills Police Department has developed a new initiative to proactively prevent the victimization of our citizens. This new initiative will be known as the NRH “Exchange Zone.” Two parking spaces have been identified at the police department in front of the new City Hall complex where online buyers and sellers can feel more secure in their face-to-face transactions. In addition, the location will also provide a mutual place for civil exchanges, such as child custody visitation, to lessen the potential for problems between the parties.