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Hodgenville Police designate a safe zone for online buyers

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The zone is the parking lot in between city hall and the police department. The zone is the parking lot in between city hall and the police department.

HODGENVILLE, Ky (WDRB) -- Hodgenville city officials have designated the parking lot between city hall and Hodgenville Police Department as an E-Commerce Exchange Zone.

"It's important for the safety of our citizens here in Hodgenville, Larue County or the surrounding areas,” said Marcus Jackson, Hodgenville police chief.

It’s an area for residents to exchange money and products after an online purchase.

"If you purchase something off the internet and you're going to meet a person to exchange money for services or money a product, you need a safe place to do that in public,” said Jackson.

Jackson says some residents requested the safe zone and officials thought it was a good idea.

The zone is the parking lot in between city hall and the police department.

Signs and surveillance cameras were installed this week.

The cameras outside are rolling 24 hours a day 7 days a week and are being monitored from inside the police department.

"People in small communities do get taken advantage of sometimes,” said Tino Cobb.

Cobb, a barber in downtown Hodgenville, says now he'll be more likely to shop on Craigslist.

"Yes, I'd be more comfortable. If nothing else, I'd be a lot more comfortable with that,” he told WDRB.

Cobb says he hopes it's something residents take advantage of.

"I think it's a good thing. I mean, you've got surveillance right there in case anything goes wrong,” said Cobb.

Officials say the city is not responsible and does not guarantee the selling or purchasing of products.

They simply want to provide a safe place to exchange them.

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