The Hammond Police Department would like to remind the public that we are set up to keep your local purchases safe. The modern approach to buying and selling on sites such as OfferUp, LetGo, Facebook, Craigslist, and others, is a great way to give and receive value for local items bought and sold. However, there is a safe way to conduct the interactions.
“The majority of these interactions go smoothly, but you can never be sure.” said Hammond Police Chief John Doughty. “That is why we have a designated area in our parking lot. This lot here at 509 Douglas street is under 24-hour video surveillance and surrounded by police 24 hours a day. The OfferUp sign designates where to park on the east side of the building. If your purchaser or seller is not willing to meet here, there may be a reason. Stay safe and find someone else for that sale.”
The safest way to avoid becoming a victim of potential fraud or theft is to conduct your transaction under video surveillance in the Hammond Police Department parking lot. It is available 24 hours a day and there to promote safe and secure transactions. We hope this will reduce the risk of fraud or theft that can sometimes accompany these transactions.