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Yonkers Introduces 'Safe Exchange Zones' For Internet Transactions

Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner and Mayor Mike Spano announcing the designation of Safe Exchange Zones.
Yonkers Police Commissioner Charles Gardner and Mayor Mike Spano announcing the designation of Safe Exchange Zones. Photo Credit: Contributed

YONKERS, N.Y. - The Yonkers Police Department is introducing “Safe Exchange Zones” to ensure the safety of city residents making transactions over the Internet during the holiday season.

Police officials announced the designation of the Safe Exchange Zones on Tuesday, which will be located and under 24-hour surveillance at each of the department’s four police precincts. Each is located adjacent to department property.

According to city officials, “as person-to-person Internet purchases and transactions become prevalent in modern society, the City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department wants to ensure the safety of our residents and communities.

“By designating police facilities as an elective meet-up location to complete these transactions, the risk to consumers of becoming the victim of fraud or crimes against their person is minimized in the presence of law enforcement.”

The Safe Exchange Zones include:

  • 1st Police Precinct – 730 East Grassy Sprain Road – (914) 377-7477
  • 2nd Police Precinct – 441 Central Park Ave. – (914) 377-7452
  • 3rd Police Precinct – 435 Riverdale Ave. – (914) 377-7427
  • 4th Police Precinct – 53 Shonnard Place – (914) 377-7402

“With internet transactions being so common these days, our newly launched Safe Exchange Zones program is even more essential for the continued safety of our residents," Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano said in a statement. "These safely monitored areas will drastically decrease the chances of our residents becoming the victim of fraud or a more serious crime. I’m extremely proud of our Police Department and this successful community outreach initiative.”

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