Are police stations the only safe spaces to buy and sell?

The public is now so concerned about the safety issues that exist on platforms like Craigslist, Facebook, OfferUp, etc. that they’ve turned to their police for help.

Police Stations, The New Flea Markets

Over the last few years there has been significant coverage on the initiative taken by Police Station’s to provide members of their community a place to buy and sell:
– NPR: Police Departments Open Up ‘Safe Lots’ For Craigslist Transactions
– Business Insider: This police department found a way to make Craigslist sales less sketchy

Safety Should Be Paramount

Police stations around the country are not the only ones taking this issue seriously. The AIM Group, a group that publishes intelligence reports on online classifieds, has been following the safety concerns that come along with anonymous transactions and built a program to help.

SafeTrade is a program to help users of online classifieds trade safely.

The program launched in 2015 in response to the thousands of transactions initiated on Craigslist and other classified sites that have gone awry. At this writing, 105 killings have been linked to Craigslist.

​There’s nothing wrong with Craigslist — — it’s a wonderful site and a wonderful service — — but safety for users should be paramount.

Universities Are Starting To Take Notice

University police stations around the country have adopted “Internet Sale Safety Zones” for their students to transact with strangers safely.(Ulyngo’s safety team has compiled a list of the Universities adopting Safe Exchange Zones which can be viewed here.)

After contacting seven campus police departments, the general reasoning for launching this safety initiative was because of crimes committed on Craigslist, Facebook, etc. in the community surrounding the campus.

The Safety Zones are simply well-lit areas with a surveillance camera or two that are there for forensic purposes if any crimes were to be committed. Instead of offering a solution that helps solve a crime, would it not be better to stop them from actually happening? What if Universities eliminated safety issues within person-to-person transactions? What if every transaction was monitored and each user was verified as a student at a specific University? What if students weren’t buying/selling to and from strangers, but to their peers?

How Ulyngo Increases Campus Safety

Ulyngo’s marketplace platform is built for Universities to enhance the safety and security of their students eCommerce lives.

Ulyngo keeps students safe is by:
• Offering an admin portal for school administrators to manage, moderate, and monitor site activity.
• Verifying each account through student ID verification (SSO)
• Providing internal payment options to facilitate transaction through existing campus payment gateways, Venmo, Paypal, ApplePay, Google Wallet, an more.
• Flagging posts that are inappropriate via our 600+ keyword flagging system
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Sharing information and working with campus police departments
• Pushing users to meet at various ‘Safe Zones’ across campus

For more information on why adopting a student-to-student marketplace will increase campus safety, university revenue, and student engagement, get in touch with us here or email us at hello@ulyngo.com

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