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Sheriff's office creates safe exchange location for buyers and sellers

The Henderson County Sheriff’s Office has designated an Exchange Location in its parking lot at 100 N. Grove St. to provide an area where buyers and sellers can feel safe when they make transactions.

“Many people already take advantage of the Sheriff’s Office as a place for conducting internet exchanges,” said Major Frank Stout. “We have parents who meet up for child custody exchanges in our parking lot and to buy items purchased on Facebook, Craigslist and other sites.”

The signs are located in the first parking spaces directly in front of the main Sheriff’s Office entrance and explain the area is under video recording. The Sheriff’s Office recommends exchanges be conducted during daylight hours. The Hendersonville Police Department also offers an Internet Purchase Exchange Location in their parking lot behind City Hall at Sixth Avenue and King Street.

Stout explained he continues to see people using the Sheriff’s Office as a safe area to conduct exchanges and wants to encourage others to be smart when buying and selling items online. “Establishing a safe meeting place, like our Sheriff’s Office, is a great step in reducing your chance of becoming a victim.”