Livingston County Sheriff's Office encouraging safe transaction zone use after robberies

Stephanie Duprey
Updated: April 08, 2021 11:15 PM
Created: April 08, 2021 10:59 PM

GENESEO, N.Y. (WHEC) — It's easy to buy anything on the internet, but it can be dangerous if you have to meet up with someone to collect your purchase.

Following recent car thefts in Livingston County, the Sheriff's Office is putting an emphasis on safety.

"The area is video recorded 24 hours a day seven days a week. There is usually a deputy at all times as well,” Sergeant Matthew Thomas said. 

The safe transaction zone at 4 Court St. in Geneseo has been available on the grounds of the sheriff's office for many years. With the recent uptick in violence, they say the designated area is open to any county.

"If you're purchasing something from an unknown person or selling something to someone online, you can use this space for that,” Thomas said. 

In the last week, police say a group of suspects in Livingston County started targeting people who posted their vehicles for sale on Facebook Marketplace.

They then stole the cars after saying they wanted to take them for a test drive. While police look for leads to make an arrest, they want the community to stay on high alert. 

"It kind of seems as though it’s very similar to carjacking's that are happening in other counties,” Thomas said.

Sgt. Thomas added that if you decide to use the location and want an officer present you can walk up to the front door, use the call box and someone will come right out.

"I would say on a daily basis someone uses it in some capacity whether that be a purchase of some sort or a custody exchange, that's a common thing,” Thomas said.

Monroe County has seen a wave of 14 carjackings. Police say they believe those are all in some way related. Livingston County officials say at this time they don't believe these Facebook Marketplace suspects are involved in any of those cases.

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