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E-commerce transactions can be done at El Paso police stations

Credit: MGN Online

The El Paso Police Department has implemented a new initiative in an effort to prevent crimes.

The department is opening its lobbies to people doing online transactions through sites like Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace and OfferUp.

"The lobby belongs to the community," Commander Juan Briones said. "We're hoping they take advantage of it."

The lobbies are open 24 hours a day and have constant surveillance. Police said offering to meet at a regional command center lobby could help deter people from committing a crime during a transaction.

"If somebody wants to do a transaction and it has a criminal intent or bad intentions, they're not even going to proceed with that transaction knowing that it's going to happen at a police station," Cmdr. Briones said.

The department said it won't get involved in transactions but will be there if an interaction becomes unsafe.

El Paso police data shows there were 54 e-commerce related crimes around El Paso in 2017. The Pebble Hills Regional Command Center had the highest at 22 reports.

REGIONAL COMMAND LOCATIONS

Central: 200 S. Campbell St.

Lower Valley: 9011 Escobar Dr.

Northeast: 9600 Dyer St.

Pebble Hills: 10780 Pebble Hills - Ste A

Westside: 4801 Osborne Dr.

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