The upper parking lot at the Danville town offices on La Gonda Way now has parking spaces designated by the police department as an "exchange zone" designed to create a safer setting for residents conducting private-party transactions.
Located outside the Danville Police Department headquarters at 510 La Gonda Way, the new exchange zone is marked by signage, under 24-hour video surveillance -- albeit without live monitoring – and aimed at increasing safety for residents completing transactions such as exchanging goods from online deals.
"Having the Exchange Zone should help prevent residents from being the victim of a crime using a classified ads site," Danville police Steve Simpkins said in a statement. "This should help us continue to convince criminals that Danville is not a good place to operate."
Exchange zones are becoming more common outside police departments around the country, giving residents a safer space for transactions with strangers or for exchanging custody of a child with an ex, among other situations.