Police tips for buying and selling goods

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ACT police are sharing their top tips for buying and selling goods, particularly from online marketplaces, after a number of Canberrans recently reported having items stolen. 

By following these tips, police suggest it will ensure, not only someone’s personal safety but the security of their property too.

Police recommend:

  • Choosing a well-lit and familiar public area to exchange goods, preferably somewhere CCTV is available;
  • Avoid meeting in vulnerable areas, such as dark car parks, playing fields, and the other person’s home;
  • Where possible, avoid meeting at your own home; and
  • Take a friend or family member with you if possible.

Police say it’s also important to have an exit strategy if a meeting doesn’t go as planned – identify an exit route, and have access to a telephone to contact police if necessary.

Anyone who has been a victim of this type of incident, or who has information about recent incidents, is urged to Crime Stoppers on 1800 333000, or via the Crime Stoppers ACT website

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