Man’s car stolen during Craigslist meet up
“EDWARDSVILLE, ILL. – Police said a man who was selling his car on Craigslist had the car stolen Sunday afternoon in Edwardsville, Ill.
According to a press release from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the victim told police he arranged to meet with a stranger on the parking lot of a rural Edwardsville business at around 1:45 p.m. The victim said a man and woman arrived in what he believed was a black Mustang to look at the car…”
It saddens me to post another Craigslist vehicle crime report. I did notice one detail about the story that made me think that this could have been prevented. I am NOT going to blame the victim here, and crime is never the victim’s fault. The victim did a lot of things right… bringing a friend with him, for instance. I believe that saved his life, thank goodness…
The one detail I’m talking about is meeting in a rural area. At iAutoAgent, we have many guidelines that our Agents are required to follow to maintain their safety, and one of them is to meet in a crowded area with plenty of people around. The meeting area must also have functioning security cameras.
If you are speaking with someone on Craigslist and planning to meet them, make sure to arrange the meeting somewhere with lots of people and cameras. If the person tries to get you to meet somewhere secluded, back off and insist that you meet at a Police Safe Zone. If they do not want to meet at a Police Safe Zone, DON’T MEET THEM! There is no guarantee they will buy anyway, and it is not worth risking your life!
Call your local police precinct and ask about a Safe Zone for Craigslist transactions. St. Louis City will let people meet at their substations. St. Louis County will send an officer to your location to be present during the transaction, so anywhere in St. Louis County can be a Safe Zone. Don’t forget to tell the person you are meeting that you have asked for this service, for everybody’s safety.
Thanks for reading, and stay safe out there, friends…