(TECUMSEH, ON) — The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) is proud to launch a pilot community safety initiative aimed at reducing property crime offences related to online market place transactions.

Project Safe Trade is a community safety pilot initiative in conjunction with the Town of Tecumseh.  Creating a “community safe zone” in detachment parking lots is about moving online transactions away from secluded parking lots or other areas they occur in and bringing them to a public place.

The public is invited to attend the Tecumseh OPP detachment to facilitate online transactions where the presence of law enforcement may deter unlawful behaviour. A designated area, posted with a sign indicating such, is located at the Tecumseh OPP Detachment located at 963 Lesperance Road in Tecumseh.

Project Safe Trade encourages and builds partnerships within the community that develops and implements awareness strategies designed to protect and safeguard our most vulnerable; the elderly, youth and new Canadians from criminality.

Police will not mediate private transactions, document or be a witness to a transaction.  Officers will not use the police computer system to run model numbers or serial numbers that are part of an exchange.  Purchasers are encouraged to use the Canadian Police Information Center’s online database to search the serial number of the item they are looking to purchase as one method to ensure it has not been reported stolen

Community safety is everyone’s responsibility and I urge the citizens of Tecumseh to embrace Project Safe Trade.  By creating a “community safety zone”, members of the community can further enhance their public safety by utilizing the OPP detachment parking lot to facilitate property transactions that have been arranged online.  This collaborative community approach provides our citizens with a viable option where a buyer and seller can meet to conduct their transaction away from secluded parking lots or having unknown strangers attend your home.  Whether it be a sale, purchase or an exchange, let the experience of online transactions remain positive and most important, a safe experience
~Essex County OPP Detachment Commander Inspector Glenn MILLER

We are thrilled that the OPP have chosen Tecumseh to launch the pilot Project Safe Trade in our community.  By using the designated Internet purchase exchange zone, our residents can significantly enhance their safety and security.  We encourage everyone to make use of this opportunity
~ Gary McNamara, Mayor, Town of Tecumseh

This week is Innovation Week for the OPP, and Project Safe Trade is an excellent example of leadership in this regard by the Essex County OPP Detachment.  The Tecumseh Police Services Board supports this pilot project and believes it will make our town even safer.
~ Christopher Hales, Chair, Tecumseh Police Services Board