Yonkers police create zones to safely carry out deals made online

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Yonkers police are creating safe exchange zones to prevent Craigslist and Facebook deals from going bad.

"There is a real danger out there, and we want to provide this added protection for the people of our community," says Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano.

The zones are located at the city's police precincts and are clearly marked, well-lit and closely monitored by surveillance cameras.

"This provides you an opportunity to make exchanges in a safe environment," says Police Commissioner Charles Gardner.

Yonkers resident Lauren Bacote says she believes the zones will help deter robberies and other crimes during an exchange.

"If you go to the police station to make the exchange, if anything is shady going to go down, you know you have the cops to protect you," she says.

Although the safe zones were designed specifically for Yonkers residents, the mayor says he invites residents from across the region to use any of the four locations located across the city.

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