The Oakland University Police Department has designated the Police & Support Services Building lobby and the P43 parking lot as a "safe zone" to complete online transactions from sites such as Craigslist, Ebay, or any other swap site.
While we offer the area as a "safe zone," officers may not participate in, or act as witnesses to, the transactions. They will not offer any legal advice or settle disputes.
The OUPD recommends the following safety tips:
- Do not complete a transaction while alone
- Make someone aware that you will be conducting a transaction
- Insist on meeting in a public place, such as a designated "safe zone"
- Do not enter the home or vehicle of a stranger
- Do not invite a stranger into your home, vehicle, or residence hall room
- Complete the transaction during daytime hour
- Use only cash or money orders to conduct business
- Trust your instinct - If something sounds like a scam, it probably is