The Glen Carbon Police Department allows individuals to meet in the lobby of the Glen Carbon police station, located at 149 N. Main Street, to finalize personal transactions in a secure location. This is being offered in an effort to increase the safety of people engaged in face-to-face transactions that originated via online sites such as Craiglist or for those involving child custody exchanges. These efforts attempt to provide a safe environment and to reduce the potential for violent criminals to target victims. They are also intended to provide a safe environment for family members who have court ordered visitations to make custody exchanges free of the threat of harm.
The Glen Carbon Police Department is a full-service, 24-hour agency and is offering this service solely as a way to provide a secure location for safe exchanges. Members of the Glen Carbon police staff will not facilitate, witness, or otherwise be associated with any transaction between private parties. However, if a party to an exchange has a legitimate concern for safety, a Glen Carbon police officer may conduct a civil standby to ensure that all parties are safe during the transaction or exchange. The non-emergency phone number to the Glen Carbon Police Department is 618-288-7226.
Tips for residents:
• Do not invite strangers into your home. Insist on a public meeting place; never meet in a secluded location.
• Be especially careful when buying or selling high value items.
• Tell a friend where you are going or have some adult that you trust accompany you during the meeting.
• Take your cell phone.
• Trust your instincts.
For any questions, please contact Lt. Wayne White of the Glen Carbon Police Department, 288-2631