Fort Jackson Police recently designated two on post locations as internet purchasing sites to increase safety for those buying and selling items online or through classified ads.

Online market places and similar sites have become the goto, for people wanting to de-clutter their homes and buyers seeking new, used and unique items. This non-traditional retail purchase
option often requires meeting strangers in locations that aren't always safe.

Lt. Joseph Al-Shaer, Training Officer, Fort Jackson Police Department said the designated sites were chosen to increase safety.

"Internet purchasing sites are safe locations where people who purchase items from the internet and or print classified ads can meet." Al-Shaer said "Locations are monitored by law enforcement
24/7 so buyers and sellers know that they are going to a safe place while exchanging money for items."

One location is the parking area directly in front of the Directorate of Emergency Services building, 5499 Jackson Blvd., ideal for individuals who have on post access. When meeting at the police station, sellers and buyers have the option of meeting outside in front of the police station or meeting inside the lobby of the police station. The second location is the Visitor Control Center parking lot, at Gate Two on Strom Thurmond Blvd.

"The location at Gate Two allows service members and affiliated personnel who purchase from civilians within the community to meet in a safe location without having to have access to Fort Jackson." Al-Shaer said. "The individual needs only to notify the gate guard that they are there to exchange an internet purchase and they will be directed to the visitor control center parking where they may wait to complete their purchase."

While new to Fort Jackson, a similar site is located at the City of West Columbia parking lot, 200 N. 12th Street from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. The signs at this location notify patrons the area is monitored
by video and list items not permitted for sale, for example alcohol, drugs and weapons.

The sites on Fort Jackson are currently open, signs designating the sites as an internet purchase site will be placed in the near future.