The growing popularity of Craigslist transactions has also led to a growing list of incidents of transactions gone bad—in some cases, turning into crimes. Idaho is no different than the rest of the nation, with reports of consumers meeting sellers in unprotected areas and, all of a sudden, things go awry.
That's the reason the Coeur d'Alene Police Department has decided to open its parking lot for Craigslist transactions.
"The Police Department recognizes the need for citizens to feel safe while utilizing Craigslist for the purchase and sale of items," CPD wrote on its Facebook page. "It is our goal to provide a safe environment for such transactions."
Just this past weekend, Twin Falls police reported that two men selling a vehicle to a third man via Craigslist ended in one of the sellers being shot and killed and the alleged buyer stealing the car. The suspect was caught a short time later, when he rammed the stolen car into a police vehicle.
"I urge people to do this in a public place and always bring someone with them," frequent Craigslist consumer Tricia Scott told KHQ-TV. "You never really know who you're going to end up meeting."
Scott said she makes a living selling items on Craigslist and Facebook, but conceded that "it's a bit of a nightmare. There were a lot of scammers and a lot of weird people."
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