Pawtucket Times: C.F. police offer safe commerce exchange

By Jonathan Bissonnette

CENTRAL FALLS – Just in time for the holiday shopping season, the Central Falls Police Department on Wednesday announced the creation of an “e-commerce safety zone” at the Police Station on Illinois Street, which police officials said was established to help protect people from being ripped off via online transactions in digital marketplaces.

Central Falls Police Chief Col. James J. Mendonca told The Times that he saw the department’s approach as a proactive one.

“We’re not going to wait for an incident to occur, then respond to it. We prefer to be proactive than reactive,” Mendonca said Wednesday.

He said that while there were no specific crimes in Central Falls which triggered the creation of the safety zone, he noted there were several incidents nationally in the past year of people injured or killed in these sorts of transactions.

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