NIU Police introduce safe selling space

Looking to buy or sell something online, but nervous about meeting up with a stranger?

Arrange to meet in the lobby of the NIU Police and Public Safety dispatch center at 395 Wirtz Drive on the DeKalb campus. Due to the increase in popularity of online sales, NIU police are making online sales safer for our campus community.

All sales transactions at the dispatch center will be under video surveillance, and the dispatch center will be manned 24 hours a day.

The safe-selling initiative is part of a campus-wide safety effort to encourage Huskies to form safe habits and be proactive about safety.

“With the growing number of sales happening via the Internet, we’re trying to create an area where people feel comfortable to do those sales,” Deputy Chief Jason John said.

“You can come into the building and let the dispatcher know you’re there to complete a safe-selling transaction. You complete the transaction, and then you let the dispatcher know you’ve completed it and the both of you go on your way.”

The area already is open to the public, and the initiative comes at no cost to the university.

“We have the facility, the equipment, the cameras and the personnel to do this already,” John said.

He stressed the sale of drugs, weapons or any other contraband is strictly prohibited, and police will not get into the middle of any disputes involving any sales transactions. Any abandoned property left on the premises will be considered abandoned property in accordance with law, he said.

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