Attention I-75 Internet buyers, sellers: Franklin police establish safety zone

Starting July 24, Franklin police will offer a safe place for people to make Internet sales transactions.

Police Chief Russ Whitman said the signs are up on Anderson Street between the police station and the Franklin Public Library and where people can complete their Internet purchases.

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Whitman said the project was on the department’s list and finally came to fruition. He said he approached library officials in February and that its board approved the proposal to use library security cameras on the Anderson Street side of the building for the project. Whitman said the police department has recently updated its cameras.

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“This is a great partnership between the police department and the library,” he said. “There has not been any incidents of someone getting robbed, but we want everyone to be safe when making purchases on the Internet.”

Whitman said the safety zone could also be used for child custody exchanges between parents.

The Butler County Sheriff’s Office has offered a similar area for the past two years and has had no problems, according to Sgt. Melissa Gerhardt.

“It’s done in the parking lot but we don’t monitor it,” she said. “People will request to meet there to feel safe while making a transaction.”

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