Introducing new Buy and Sell Safe Zones

Ridge Meadows

2023-06-14 15:14 HAP

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Aux termes de la Loi sur les langues officielles, ce bureau n'offre des services au public qu'en anglais. Vous trouverez des renseignements généraux dans les deux langues officielles au cb.grc.ca et www.grc.ca.

Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows, B.C. – Ridge Meadows RCMP is launching a new Buy and Sell Safe Zone initiative to promote secure online transactions.

Buy and Sell Safe Zones offers residents a safe area to complete transactions made using online marketplaces or social media platforms.

new "Buy and Sell Safe Zone" sign near the Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment reading "Buy & Sell Safe Meeting Zone" new "Buy and Sell Safe Zone" sign near the Pitt Meadows Community Policing Office reading "Buy & Sell Meeting Zone"

The new Buy and Sell Safe Zone signs have been added outside the Randy Herman Centre for Community Safety next to the main Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment, located at 11990 Haney Place in Maple Ridge, as well as outside the Pitt Meadows Community Policing Office, located at 12027 Harris Road in Pitt Meadows.

Map of Maple Ridge and Pitt Meadows showing where Buy and Sell Safe Zones are located

Click here to download Buy and Sell Safe Zone map

The Buy and Safe Sell Zone initiative came to fruition from a Ridge Meadows RCMP municipal employee: Debra Nielsen. Nielsen has been with the Ridge Meadows RCMP for the past 15 years and pitched the idea to create a ‘safe zone’ for online shoppers. She has over 20 years of personal experience in using online buying and selling platforms and understands the importance of picking the right location to conduct business.

a Ridge Meadows RCMP municipal employee holding both buy and sell safe zone signs

The new Buy and Sell Safe Zones are in place to make sure residents feel comfortable when making purchases from others online, states Officer-in-Charge Wendy Mehat. Personal safety is the most paramount thing to consider when conducting transactions with people you don’t know. The safe zones are well lit and monitored by surveillance cameras to make sure our community feels protected when using them.

Buy and Sell Safe Zone dos and donts

Click here to download Buy and Sell Safe Zone Do's and Don'ts

Police are encouraging the public to use the new Buy and Sell Safe Zones during detachment business hours, but reminding that police cannot assist in civil transactions. The Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 6:45 p.m. and the Pitt Meadows Community Policing Office is open Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Released by:

Cpl. Julie Klaussner
Media Relations Officer
Ridge Meadows Detachment
11990 Haney Place Maple Ridge, BC V2X 9B8
Office: 604-467-7647
Email: julie.klaussner@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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