You've heard it before: If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Or, better safe than sorry. And, don't forget buyer beware.

In today's e-commerce world, many consumers are buying and selling goods with complete strangers, often meeting in places that jeopardize their safety. 

Luckily, one community decided it was indeed better to be safe than sorry.

Safe Place Transactions are popping up all over the state, most recently in Markleville.

Markleville's Safe Place Transaction site is a smart response by the town to thwart the abuse of shady entrepreneurs.

"I'll tell you what happened," Markleville Police Chief Tim Basey said. "My daughter bought a trailer off of Craigslist about six months ago. I was to meet these people in the middle of the country up north of Rochester, Indiana. As I started going up there, I started feeling like a sitting duck."

He's not alone.

More and more people are buying items from Facebook Marketplace, online rummage sales and Craigslist, and often putting themselves in precarious situations.

"I'm going out to the middle of the country with a wad of cash in my pocket in hopes of getting this trailer for my daughter," Basey said.

Although his exchange went well, that's not always the case.

"People get robbed at the Meijer parking lot," Basey said. "You don't hear of too many people getting robbed at the police department parking lot." 

The department's Safe Haven room is under video surveillance 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

"People get robbed for their cellphones," he said. "Here I am a police officer and I wasn't really thinking about it until I started getting up there," he said.

Other police departments, including Westfield, Whitestown and Zionsville, also offer video-monitored space for e-commerce transactions.

"If they are not willing to meet you at a police department, it's not worth it, if you ask me," Basey said.

As this type of e-commerce continues to grow, more towns should make it a priority and offer their own safe place to allow transactions.

Safer than sorry has to be a priority.

It's not worth it.

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