Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

City of Yonkers Launches Safe Exchange Zones

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YONKERS – The City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department have announced on Tuesday the designation of Safe Exchange Zones at each of the four City Police Precincts. These locations, identified by conspicuous Safe Exchange Zone signs, are located on or adjacent to Police Department property and are under 24-hour video surveillance.

As person to person internet purchases and transactions become prevalent in modern society, the City of Yonkers and Yonkers Police Department wants to ensure the safety of our residents and communities. By designating Police facilities as an elective meetup location to complete these transactions, the risk to consumers of becoming the victim of fraud or crimes against their person is minimized in the presence of law enforcement.

Residents are encouraged to utilize these locations when meeting an internet contact in person, especially for the first time:

  • 1st Police Precinct – 730 East Grassy Sprain Road – (914) 377-7477
  • 2nd Police Precinct – 441 Central Park Avenue – (914) 377-7452
  • 3rd Police Precinct – 435 Riverdale Avenue – (914) 377-7427
  • 4th Police Precinct – 53 Shonnard Place – (914) 377-7402

Mayor Mike Spano stated, “With internet transactions being so common these days, our newly launched Safe Exchange Zones program is even more essential for the continued safety of our residents.  These safely monitored areas will drastically decrease the chances of our residents becoming the victim of fraud or a more serious crime.  I’m extremely proud of our Police Department and this successful community outreach initiative.”

Police Commissioner Charles Gardner stated, “The safety of our residents is always the priority for the Yonkers Police Department. As a modern, progressive police agency, the YPD stands ready to meet the needs of an ever-connected society; we are excited to include the Safe Exchange Zone program amongst our many community outreach programs.”

Additional Crime Prevention and Safety Tips http://www.yonkersny.gov/live/public-safety/police-department/crime-prevention-tips

 

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