A 2014 “Daily Dot” study of Craigslist transactions in the United States over a 30-day period revealed the occurrence of 74 criminal incidents in 27 states, including the District of Columbia. Of those incidents, 11 resulted in violence, three resulted in death, and eight carried a threat of violence.
In an effort to protect Wake Forest residents from becoming victims of crime when selling or purchasing items advertised online, the Wake Forest Police Department has introduced an initiative designed to provide a safe zone for transactions called “Operation Safe Sale.”
How the Program Works
Wake Forest residents who are selling or purchasing items advertised online may come to the police department, 225 S. Taylor St., to complete their transaction. Transactions may be made in the police department parking lot or inside the lobby, either with or without an officer present.
At the request of either party, a police officer will be available to check the serial number to determine whether the item has been entered through state or national databases as stolen property. Anyone wishing to have an officer present will be required to schedule an appointment by calling 919-554-6150.