A new symbol is showing up on some parking spaces!

Some parking spaces in Pembroke, Ontario now have a new insignia.

The designated handshake symbol spaces outside the Pembroke OPP station, located at 77 International Dr., are meant to serve as online community safety zones.

If you make an online purchase and need to meet someone in person to pay for it or pick it up, the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP says there are venues you may use to ensure everyone’s safety.

An OPP news release stated that the goal of Project Safe Trade is to create a “community safety zone” at an OPP detachment parking lot in order to promote online property sales. Moving online transactions from private spaces like parking lots and residences into public areas is the goal of establishing a “community safety zone.”

The secure trading venues are always open; appointments are not required.

“With the busy holiday season approaching, this is the perfect time for the local launch of Project Safe Trade.” Steph Neufeld, commander of the Upper Ottawa Valley OPP detachment, said, “Online property transactions are on the rise, and the UOV OPP is pleased to be initiating a community safety initiative aimed at decreasing offences related to online marketplace transactions.” “We can reduce victimization and harm in our communities by putting Project Safe Trade into practice along with other cooperative strategies.”

Const. Mike Mahon claims that the locations also offer a means of preventing oneself from becoming a victim of fraud, as CTV News stated.

This is where the proverb “If it seems too good to be true, it probably is” comes in handy. He advised you to be careful, particularly if they are acting extremely hesitantly when you invite them to meet here.

According to the OPP, officers would not provide documents, participate as arbitrators, or function as transactional witnesses. An officer will only respond and get involved if the transaction turns into a criminal inquiry, even if they are called.

If you choose not to use the locations, there are other ways to stay safe while meeting strangers online for financial transactions.

Gather in a crowded public area.
Bring a dependable friend or relative to serve as a witness.
Execute transactions in the daytime.
Never delete correspondence between you and the buyer/seller by text, voicemail, or email.
Everyone rushes around over the Christmas season, but it’s crucial to take a break and finish some homework, according to technology expert Carmi Levy.

Investigate the individual claiming to be the seller thoroughly. Examine their history, discover what other items they have sold, and find out information about how previous purchasers have interacted with them, advised Levy.

“Make sure you see the actual equipment you are buying before you spend any money. Ensure that they activate it. Verify that it works properly before making a purchase.

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