The Glen Carbon Police Department announces the start of a Safe Exchange Program. The Glen Carbon Police Department will allow 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 using the ruse of a sale transaction. 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 will not allow any transactions involving weapons to take place on Village property, nor will the Glen Carbon Police Department allow Village property to be used in the facilitation of illegal transactions. The Glen Carbon Police Department is a full service, 24 hour a day police 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.
If a person chooses not to use the Glen Carbon Police Department as a safe exchange location, that person should still follow some practical guidelines when meeting a stranger to conduct transactions. These guidelines include:
• Insist on a public meeting place; never meet in a secluded location.
• Do not invite strangers into your home.
• 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 Chief Todd Link or Lt. Wayne White of the Glen Carbon Police Department.