The Pleasanton Police Department has a new resource for residents that want to make safe in-person transactions.
An "exchange zone" has been completed in the front parking lot of the police station, located at 4833 Bernal Ave.
It is a well-lit area under 24-hour video surveillance -- albeit without live monitoring -- where people can make safe transactions. The designated area is meant to deter those wanting to commit a crime and give residents a public meeting place so they don't have to disclose where they live.
Pleasanton police Sgt. Pat Walsh said in an email that designated transaction areas like this one are becoming more common across the country, and that the department's parking lot has for years been a meeting place for people selling cars or exchanging custody of a child. He added that the Pleasanton exchange zone was created partially as a response to an increase in the number of calls for service where officers were being asked to observe an exchange.
"By providing the exchange zone, we hope the community will feel more comfortable with the transactions and the criminal will be naturally discouraged from their behavior knowing the exchange location will be the police department," Walsh said.
The exchange zone is available now for private-party transactions, no appointment necessary. The two spaces, which were previously marked as visitor parking, are explicitly for these transactions.