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Officials in one Dallas-Fort Worth suburb are hoping to take the "stranger danger" out of consummating sales hatched on Craigslist and other online classified forums by designating zones where both parties can feel safe.

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Fort Lauderdale PD is in the process of installing wireless cameras in the beach area and a downtown section of the city.

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The Bluffton Police Department now has its eyes trained more closely on Old Town.

The department unveiled on Tuesday a network of 22 security cameras, placed strategically throughout the historic district, during a grand opening celebration for its new Old Town substation on May River Road.

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Concerned about robberies, scams and killings tied to purchases arranged through Craigslist and other online marketplaces, police and sheriff’s departments nationwide are carving out areas of their stations for people to complete transactions.

At least 70 departments in the U.S., from Boca Raton, Fla., to Bedford, Texas, have created such zones, usually in parking lots or lobbies, according to websites that track the programs.

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The Bedford Police Department, in partnership with Wildfire Camera Networks, has implemented a program known as the “Exchange Zone.” The program is designed to provide a safer alternative for the exchange of goods purchased over the internet (for instance, responding to a Craigslist add) and/or child custodial exchanges.

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