Community Information Specialist
DELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT CREATES SAFE INTERNET PURCHASE EXCHANGE LOCATION
The concept is to provide an area to help residents feel safe when they conduct business including purchase an item from or sell an item to a stranger. Two parking spaces in front of the police department, 219 West Howry Avenue, have been designated for internet transactions/trades.
The area is under video surveillance and provides good lighting at night, though the Police Department strongly recommends that these types of exchanges be made during daylight hours. Residents may also use the police department lobby, which is also under video surveillance.
“When you are selling an item to a stranger, there’s always a potential for a person to be a victim of criminal activity,” said Police Chief Jason Umberger. “While we want to remind people to remain alert while conducting business with a stranger, this program helps to create a safer environment and reduces the level of fear for residents who are making these exchanges.”
Administrative offices: West Volusia 386-736-5961 Daytona Beach 386-254-4689 New Smyrna Beach 386-423-3352
Non-emergency dispatch numbers: DeLand 386-943-8276 Daytona Beach 386-239-8276 New Smyrna Beach 386-409-8276 Osteen 407-323-0151