The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office encourages you to be safe when conducting business transactions resulting from online commerce by choosing safe areas to meet for the exchange of goods and money. Each of our District Offices has as E-Commerce Exchange Safe Zone for customers meeting with individuals to transact business resulting from online deals.
Websites such as Letgo, OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, and other mobile apps are popular for transactions involving merchandise, currency, collectibles and other items. The E-Commerce Exchange Safe Zone is a proactive program aimed at deterring criminals from preying on victims through fraudulent online transactions. These areas are well lit and equipped with video surveillance cameras. The locations offer an enhanced sense of security, and are intended to prevent crimes of opportunity.
The following are a few additional tips to remember when meeting an unknown person to buy or sell an item:
- Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when to expect you back
- If possible, always have someone accompany you
- Bring your phone so you can call for help
- Meet in a public, well-lit place with people around if you choose not to use the Sheriff’s Office.
Locations of Safe Exchange Zones in Charlotte County:
District 1 Office: 11051 Willmington Boulevard, Englewood
District 2 Office: 992 Tamiami Trail Suite A, Port Charlotte
District 3 Office: 3280 Tamiami Trail Suite 505 (Promenades Mall), Port Charlotte
District 4 Office: 7474 Utilities Road (Headquarters) , Punta Gorda
Punta Gorda Police Department: 1410 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda