03/31/2023
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It’s been more than five years since Bladen County Sheriff Jim McVicker introduced a safe location for people to conduct transactions that began on the internet.

The “Safe Zone” still is available in the parking area outside the Sheriff’s Office located on Smith Circle in Elizabethtown. The area is under 24-hour video surveillance and an armed officer is on premises at all times. Look for the green placard in the designated exchange area at the front of the Law Enforcement Center.

“Safe Zone” also can be used for exchange between parents, grandparents or guardians when exchanging children for court-ordered visitations.

As online shopping continues to boom, the “Safe Zone” is an area to meet to exchange goods that have been bought or sold online instead of taking a chance to meet at an unknown location or having a stranger come to your home.

Sheriff McVicker encourages people to take a friend or family member when completing the purchase or tell a trusting person your plans to meet if you must go alone.

The Sheriff’s Office does not assume legal liability for any meetings beyond that which would otherwise be present if the Sheriff’s Office were required to respond to an incident occurring elsewhere in the county arising out of an e-commerce transaction where a crime occurred.

Sheriff Announces “Meet Up Spot” For Safe Internet Purchase Exchange Location