POHATCONG TOWNSHIP, NJ (Warren County) – The rise of internet marketplaces such as Craigslist, OfferUp or online yard sale sites also means a rise in frauds, scams and the possibility of robberies associated with those sales, which is why the Pohatcong Township Police Department has now dedicated a location for buyers and sellers to conduct online transactions.
The Pohatcong Township Police station, located at 50 Municipal Drive, has been designated as an official “Meetup Spot”. The location has 24-hour video monitoring, Pohatcong Police Chief Scott Robb said.
“The use of location is to promote secure transaction sites for buyers and sellers from online marketplaces,” Robb said.
One 12-by-18-inch aluminum “MEETUP SPOT” signs have been posted in the front of the Pohatcong Township Police station. These meetup spots are sometimes referred to as “Internet Purchase Exchange Locations” or IPELs for short.
“IPELs also allow for buyers and sellers to avoid giving personal information like home addresses and instead can opt for the Pohatcong Township Police station as the meeting spot to complete their in-person transactions with peace of mind,” Robb said.
“Chief Robb and the Pohatcong Township police department are always thinking about ways to keep our residents safe. This location will be a great and safe way for residents to have a peace of mind when participating in online sales,” Mayor James Kern III said.