Safe Transaction Zone

August 04, 2021

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The Berlin Police Department announces that they have designated the lobby of their Municipal Building a Safe Transaction Zone where citizens can complete sales and purchases brokered through online auction and classified sites.


The zone has been set up in the lobby of the Berlin Borough Municipal Building located at 59 S. White Horse Pike, Berlin, NJ.  This well-lit lobby is open 24 hours a day and is monitored by surveillance cameras.


Members of the Berlin Police Department will not participate in transactions or act as witnesses and transactions involving any type of contraband such as weapons, drugs and/or drug paraphernalia are barred from the zone.


Here are a few safety tips to keep in mind when conducting such transactions:


Only conduct transactions with local buyers/sellers.

Do not go to a transaction alone.

Make sure a friend or family member is aware of the transaction details

Insist on meeting in a public area like a designated safety zone.

Do not go into someone else’s house and do not allow them into yours.

Complete the transaction during daylight hours.

Be extra cautious when buying or selling valuable items such as vehicles and jewelry.

Trust your instinct.  If it sounds like a scam, it probably is.

If someone is not willing to come to the police department to conduct a transaction, then it is likely not a legitimate transaction.