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LaGrange Police Dept. makes shopping online safer

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM) -

Thousands turn to the internet to shop for items like cell phones, tablets and even high dollar items like cars. 

After recent so-called internet murders from people meeting strangers when using websites like Craigslist or social media, some may be afraid to do this type of transaction. 

The Lagrange Police Department is now offering their parking lot as a way to meet to make purchases online.

Senior detective Christopher Pritchett tells us someone is on hand 24/7. 

"There is always a police officer in the building no matter what time of day, it doesn't matter what day of the week it is or even if it's a holiday and that parking lot is covered with surveillance cameras that's always running," Pritchett said. 

"I saw on Facebook if you need an officer they would come out and assist you with the exchange," a Lagrange resident said. 

The AIM Group, a consulting company for classified advertising businesses, has confirmed 83 killings connected to Craigslist transactions in the U.S. since 2007 and eight of those happened in Georgia.

If you remember in January, a Georgia couple was killed when they went to south Georgia to buy a 1966 mustang from a Craigslist ad. 

"You can call 911 so we can make sure an officer's waiting in the parking lot to make the transaction and they can also use that officer to check if the items are stolen because the officer can run the serial number," Pritchett said.

The Lagrange Police Department can be found at 100 Haralson Street. 

You can also find more tips on the Lagrange Police Facebook Page. You can also call the Lagrange Police Department at 706-883-2603.

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