News Story


E-Commerce Safety and Child Exchange Zone Created
4/27/2016 3:00:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

E-Commerce Safety and Child Exchange Zone Created




Fillmore Police Station

Date & Time:


Unit(s) Responsible:

Fillmore Police Department








The Fillmore Police Department is introducing a program called E-Commerce Safety and Child Exchange Zone.  This zone was created to increase safety for parties involved in online business transactions that require physical encounters for exchange of merchandise and families who are in need of a safe place to conduct child custody exchanges. 


In 2015, E-commerce sales were estimated at $341.7 billion, up 14.6 percent from the year before. Transactions that start online such as E-Bay, Craigslist, etc. and require to be completed in person have become more common in recent years and in most times the parties are strangers.  In an attempt to reduce the likelihood of citizens falling victim to scams or more serious crime the E-Commerce and Child Exchange Safe Zone was created at the Fillmore Police station. 


The Safe Zone is designated by parking signs at the south end of the parking lot and will be under 24 hour video surveillance by the Fillmore Police Department. The Fillmore Police Department hopes to instill a greater feeling of safety for the residents of Fillmore in creating this safe zone for all.

While law enforcement officials will not be involved in verification, monitoring or facilitating the private transactions, this program is designed to provide a known, well lit and secure location to conduct business.

Citizens can request the other person to meet at this E-Commerce Safe Zone, if the other party declines, then chances are it is a sign of 'buyers beware.'

The Fillmore Police Department is not reacting to any one specific incident, but rather we are trying to be pro-active and provide a location where the citizens can feel safe meeting another unknown party to conduct their private business.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Police Department at (805) 524-2233.



Prepared by:

Danielle Ramirez


News Release Date:



Media Follow-Up Contact:

Captain Dave Wareham, (805) 524-2233


Approved by:

Captain Dave Wareham