ADAMS — Whether it's a used bike, an old computer, or a piece of furniture, Adams residents will now have a safe space to pick up items they purchase online.

Following a growing national trend, the Adams Police Department announced Wednesday that it has established a safe zone for completing online transactions made through websites like Craigslist — right in the police station lobby.

A purchaser can meet a seller in the lobby or in the parking lot in front of the station, both of which are monitored at all hours by cameras, on School Street.

"In today's society, online shopping has become commonplace, providing great deals with low prices. A transaction conducted between total strangers creates an uncomfortable environment and increases the potential for personal harm," said Adams Police Chief Richard Tarsa in the announcement.

The department is in the process of installing an additional camera above the department's main entrance to expand the safe zone protection.

"The main desk is also staffed at these times," Tarsa said, referring to a staff presence at the main desk 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

"This provides another level of protection that most areas do not."

Tarsa recommended buyers try to learn as much information about the seller as possible before finalizing the transaction.

The safe zone will be at the police station, Tarsa noted that officers will not in any way be involved unless you request their assistance. He suggested calling the department ahead of time if possible, but it is not required.


"Our main concern is always your safety," he said.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.