The Marshall Police Department is looking to help make online transactions safer.

The MPD along with the Marshall Community Foundation have set up a Safe Exchange Zone in the parking lot of the Marshall Regional Law Enforcement Center on Old US 27; the zone consists of two designated parking spaces under 24-hour video surveillance, with the stated goal of preventing and deterring crime and scams that can occur during these types of transactions.

Authorities say that if you want to stay safe during a transaction, you should conduct them with local buyers and sellers in daylight hours, and tell a family member of friend about where you were going. The Safe Exchange Zone is also offered for use during child custody exchanges, although the Marshall Police note the space isn’t to be used as a drop-off location for children.

The funding for this project was provided by the Marshall Community Foundation, and the signs themselves were installed in the parking lot by the Marshall Department of Public Works.