WTVM Editorial 3/18/16: Safe and secure 'exchange zones'

WTVM Editorial 3/18/16: Safe and secure 'exchange zones'

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - We've all read or seen the frightening stories of Craigslist or other online sales going horribly wrong - buyers robbed or worse.

One suburban Atlanta couple was murdered last year when they attempted to buy a classic Mustang offered by an online buyer, who shot them in the head and stole their money.

Bud Runion and his wife, June, were killed in search of the car of their dreams after responding to a Craigslist ad that turned out to be too good to be true.

Now, Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley and Russell County, AL Sheriff Heath Taylor say their counties have each established a safe exchange zone, so officers can help buyers make sure they are safe: no stolen goods, no violence.

It's a wonderful idea and it shows real leadership on the part of both sheriffs and a sincere concern for public safety.

The safe exchange zones can also be used as a safe place for parents exchanging custody of their children.

We applaud Sheriff Taylor and Sheriff Jolley for making sure the personal interactions of buyers and sellers, which starts conveniently but anonymously online, ends safely and securely in public under the watchful eye of local law enforcement.

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