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SafeTrade Station

Pflugerville Police Department registered as a SafeTrade Station to encourage residents to use the Justice Center as a location for salessafe trade shield

The City of Pflugerville Police Department is a registered SafeTrade Station that allows and encourages residents buying and selling items through Craigslist, Facebook and other online sites to meet either inside the Pflugerville Justice Center lobby, 1611 E. Pfennig Lane, or in the parking lot.

“The Justice Center parking lot is under 24-hour video surveillance and well lit,” Sergeant Mayo Neyland said. “With officers regularly coming in and out of the Justice Center, we are providing residents a safer location for online transaction sales. Residents can enter our public facility lobby during office hours or use the parking lot after hours for online sale exchanges or purchases. This designation encourages a safer alternative to having a stranger come to your home.”

Nationwide programs including SafeTrade Stations, Operation Safe Sale and Safe Lot are all part of a collective effort by police departments to provide residents additional security when performing online transactions.  SafeTrade launched in 2015 as a public service by the Advanced Interactive Media Group, LLC, in response to thousands of transactions initiated online each year and with the knowledge that some that go awry.  

SafeTrade is open to all police departments and law enforcements, and Pflugerville’s registered designation is with hopes that residents will make sure they are taking the steps necessary to have a safe online sale exchange, Neyland said.

The following tips are recommended from SafeTrade for all sales:

  • Meet at a public place to exchange and photocopy each other’s identification papers, such as a driver’s license. Do not carry cash to this location.
  • Photocopy the license or paper or use your phone to photograph it. This is proof of the seller’s identity if the item might have been stolen.
  • Email the ID information to a friend or someone you trust. Consider giving the name, meetup place and phone number and address of the seller, if known, to a trusted friend before your initial meeting with the seller.
  • If you are given a cashier’s check, money order or other equivalent, call the bank at the number listed online, not a number the buyer gives you to verify the validity of the check.

If a bulky item restricts you from selling at the Justice Center, these are tips for home sales:

  • Never be outnumbered. Make sure you have others with you. There’s some safety in numbers.
  • Never let someone go anywhere unaccompanied in your home. Not even to the bathroom.
  • Never let more than one group into your home at a time to buy or sell.

A list of SafeTrade Stations is online at For more information on the SafeTrade program, contact Sgt. Oscar Lopez at 512-670-5552.