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Danville police open 'exchange zone' for safer transactions

Parking spots at town offices designated as neutral site for private-party deals

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.

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