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FARMINGTON — Due to safety concerns, the Farmington Police Department is encouraging residents to conduct person-to-person sales transactions at a designated area in the department's parking lot.

The area consists of two designated parking spaces in the front parking lot of the department's headquarters at 900 Municipal Drive, according to a police press release.

The area, which is identified by green hash marks and a sign that reads "Online Sales Exchange Location," is under 24-hour surveillance and is frequented by police officers, the release states.

However, the surveillance video is not actively monitored, and police officers will not be available to assist or witness the transactions, the release states.

The department states in its press release that the area was created to provide a safe space for individuals to buy and sell items through Craigslist and other commerce websites.

The department is one of many across the nation to implement such sites as a result of several high-profile violent crimes tied to exchanges on Craigslist, according to The Washington Post.

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