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Kudos to GHT for promoting safety of online, classified sales

• Dec 4, 2017 at 1:00 PM

Imagine it: You've just answered a classified ad and made a purchase, buying what you think is a hidden treasure that someone else was just trying to get rid of.

While mailing said item can be easy, oftentimes it's easier to meet face-to-face with the seller to make sure the item is as described, and to make sure you're not getting ripped off.

But how do you know you're walking into a safe situation when you meet with someone you've never met in order to do business? How do you know if their intentions are what they said they were in their online post or classified ad?

There have been several instances in recent years of people being robbed, assaulted or much worse as a result of a meet-up following a classified or online transaction. Nobody wants to end up beaten up when all you were doing was going to buy that antique radio that you've always wanted for your den.

With more and more of this type of sales activity becoming commonplace, it was refreshing to see elected officials in Grand Haven Township recognize this and do something about it.

The Township Board recently discussed setting up an e-commerce transaction zone at the Township Hall, a designated area that would be monitored in order for people to conduct business and transactions.

Given the well-lit nature of the township’s parking lot, plus the public safety presence with law enforcement and Fire/Rescue personnel on site, this seems like a good spot to designate as a safe place to conduct this type of business.

Our hope is that other communities follow suit, offering up designated safe spots to conduct business.

While it might seem like bad things couldn't or wouldn't happen in our neck of the woods, it's always good to err on the side of safety, because you never know who could be in the other car.

Our Views reflects the majority opinion of the members of the Grand Haven Tribune editorial board: Kevin Hook, Matt DeYoung, Alex Doty and Mark Brooky. What do you think? E-mail us a letter to the editor to [email protected] or log-in to our website and leave a comment below.

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