There is a new safe zone at the Vinton Police Department.
The Safe Exchange Zone is in the parking lot in front of the police department. It is under 24 hour camera surveillance and is for child custody exchanges or meeting someone for an internet sale.
Here is the full press release:
Vinton, VA – The Vinton Police Department has designated a “Safe Exchange Zone” in the parking area in front of the police department. The Safe Exchange Zone is
a designated area, which is under 24 hour camera surveillance, for child custody exchanges, meeting persons for internet sales (e.g. Craigslist), or any other lawful activity where one might need to briefly interact with someone they don’t know. Chief of Police Tom Foster says, “Person-to-person, private party transactions are becoming much more commonplace in our society. The sale of concert and sporting event tickets, at home business transactions, and things such as online ‘yard sales’ are offering more opportunities for criminals to victimize members of our community. We hope the Safe Exchange Zone will minimize that opportunity.”
The Safe Exchange Zone is available to anyone in the Roanoke Valley, not just residents of the Town of Vinton. The Vinton Police Department is located in back of the Town Municipal Building located at 311 South Pollard Street in downtown Vinton. Foster says, “If a person doesn’t want to meet you at the Safe Exchange Zone, you probably don’t want to buy what they’re selling.”
The “SEZ” will be monitored by police personnel during normal business hours and recorded by high-definition camera 24 hours per day, seven days per week. Citizens can also request an officer be present during transactions, if needed.
Anyone with questions is encouraged to contact the Vinton Police Department at 540-983-0617 or at vintonpolice.com.