To help with safety when it comes to in-person exchanges, the Purdue University Northwest (PNW) Police Department has created an Internet Exchange Safe Zone. The PNW Police Department has set up a “MEET UP SPOT” with an Internet Purchase Exchange Safe Zone sign that designates where people can safely make exchanges at the PNW Police Department (Hammond Campus). The site is monitored 24 hours with video cameras.
PNW Director of Public Safety Brian Miller stated that all PNW students have to do is contact the PNW Police Department, at any time of the day or night, and Officers will respond to ensure that the exchange is conducted in a safe manner under complete video surveillance.
Detective Sgt. Patrick Tracy said that recently two PNW Students were victims of robberies when they attempted to conduct website exchanges while on campus. Detective Tracy stated that they have had several other cases in which student buyers and sellers didn’t feel comfortable or the other party didn’t show when it came to exchanging internet purchases. This new space will provide a safe location for students to go and exchange their items.