Will Santa Barbara Adopt Safe Exchange Zones?

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Will Santa Barbara Adopt Safe Exchange Zones?
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(Photos: San Luis Obispo County Sheriff)

By an edhat reader

I recently read that the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff's Office created a "Safe Exchange Zone" to protect residents to meet others when buying and selling items online.

A designated parking spot was created that is monitored by surveillance cameras at all times for individuals to complete these transactions without the fear of being ripped off or violence from occurring. "Deputies and officers are not involved in the transactions, however the presence of law enforcement nearby will hopefully reduce anxiety, and increase honesty in exchanges. If a transaction does go wrong, law enforcement will have video of the exchange. The designated areas will have signs posted, and are free to use."

I read this and thought it was a great idea. Will Santa Barbara County be adopting this anytime soon?

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a-1571598221 Apr 30, 2018 03:11 PM
Will Santa Barbara Adopt Safe Exchange Zones?

This is confusing. This is where people in SLO seal the deal on selling/buying a Craiglist bike? People can't use the Bestbuy parking lot? Or are they selling dope and this is a no-arrest zone?

a-1571598221 Apr 30, 2018 04:06 PM
Will Santa Barbara Adopt Safe Exchange Zones?

I have sold hundreds of items on Craigslist. I have never been scammed, nor hassled. I even sold a diamond ring once, and met in a bank to do the deal.

a-1571598221 Apr 30, 2018 03:47 PM
Will Santa Barbara Adopt Safe Exchange Zones?

The idea is to meet at a place where everyone knows what is happening. In the Best Buy lot onlookers wouldn't know what's up, might assume a scuffle was just a disagreement among friends or something. Seems like in front of the police station would be a good spot.

Yeti Apr 30, 2018 09:54 AM
Will Santa Barbara Adopt Safe Exchange Zones?

It is quite sad that many people look to the government for a solution to a very simple situations. Self sufficiency is fast becoming a trait of the past for so many people.

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