Summertime is when many residents tend to clean out their homes of clutter and post gently used items for sale on Kijiji. But police are warning that sellers and buyers need to exert a lot more caution when planning to do a transaction after several Kijiji-linked robberies have ended in daylight robbery.
For this reason, Peel Regional Police are once again drawing attention to Buy and Sell exchange zones for safe online transactions.
Police are investigating at least six instances since June of would-be buyers and sellers being robbed after agreeing to make a purchase on online selling sites.
Some victims have been relieved of their cash while others have had their product snatched from them.
In one such incident a media report says that one suspect uses a random Brampton house address inviting victims to meet him there. The suspect apparently hides at the side or back of the house and then commits the robbery when the victim approaches the house.
Apparently, there is a ravine behind the property which makes a foot escape very easy.
Given these sort of things happening, the police say that If the buyer/seller is reluctant to meet at one of the police exchange zones, it could be a sign to call off the sale.
The zones are in the 22 Division parking lot at 7750 Hurontario St. in Brampton, south of Steeles Avenue, and 12 Division at 4600 Dixie Rd. in Mississauga. Police don’t need to be notified in advance and the zones can be used 24-hours a day. -CINEWS