September 10, 2015
City Council Member Ed Gonzalez Announce
Safe Havens for Citizen Property Exchanges
Residents may now utilize Houston Police Department front entrance parking lots as meeting locations for property exchange transactions. This is meant to provide residents with some measure of comfort and security for sales and purchases originated via the Internet, newspaper or some other means where the buyer and seller don't know each other.
HPD cautions that even though this is meant to provide some level of comfort and security, police officers and other department employees are prohibited from engaging in or interfering in private business matters. Officers will not aid in the transaction by running serial numbers to determine whether an item has been reported stolen or missing, nor will officers be available to witness the sale or exchange of goods. Residents may not utilize police facility parking lots on a repeat basis and they are not allowed to erect structures or signs indicating any type of business purpose.
The idea for this new program came from City Council Member Ed Gonzalez. More information and tips for conducting safe transactions is available at http://houstontx.gov/police/safe-transactions.htm.