The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office offering use of parking lots for transactions

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY, Fla. - The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is now offering the use of its four patrol district parking lots for transactions arranged online.

The "Operation Safe Sale" program is in response to safety threats to individuals making cash transactions involving items advertised on websites, such as Craiglist, or other classified ads.

"While there has not been any recent increase in these type of robberies, there continues to be a sustained amount throughout the county," according to a release.

Just this year in Hillsborough County, deputies told Action News there have been 12 robbery cases with arranged online transactions.
 
The parking lots are already being used for parental exchange of children involved in civil custody disputes.

In addition to their proximity to patrol district offices, the parking lots are well-lit and have surveillance camera coverage.

The locations are:

Patrol District 1
14102 N.20th Street
Tampa, Florida

Patrol District 2
2310 N. Falkenburg Rd
Tampa, Florida

Patrol District 3
7202 Gunn Highway
Tampa, Florida

Patrol District 4
508 33rd Street SE
Ruskin, Florida

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