Police issue reminder about safe transaction zones after murder of pregnant woman

Jim Melwert
May 26, 2019 - 4:00 am

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) — After a pregnant woman was murdered in Chicago while responding to an online post offering free baby clothes, police in and around Philadelphia want residents to remember there are designated safe Internet exchange zones all around.

Conshocken police offer a safe Internet exchange zone, started by patrolman Steve Vallone.

“We opened up our parking lot and our lobby which are under 24 hour surveillance and well lit," Vallone said. "We figured if you’re meeting somebody, why not go to the police station, we’re nearby if needed. We didn't get involved with anybody's transactions, obviously, but they might feel a little safer.”

He says it’s popular not only with residents, but since Conshocken is about halfway between Philadelphia and King of Prussia, and also easy to access from the blue route, they get a lot of out-of-towners meeting there.

“Conshocken is a great place," Vallone said. "Hopefully you’ll come patronize some of the great businesses while you’re in town.”

Conshocken is just one of many suburban towns that offer the safe exchange areas.

Every police district headquarters in Philadelphia offers a safe exchange zone, with no appointment necessary, and police don’t get involved. But they do say no weapons transfers are allowed at their sites.