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Missouri law enforcement provide safe outlet for Craigslist swaps


The body of Taylor Clark, the missing Southern Illinois University Edwardsville student was found on Tuesday night in Hazelwood.

Investigators confirm 24-year-old Michael Gordon is suspected of killing 19-year-old Clark after agreeing to meet up with him through Craigslist to possibly buy his car.

In light of recent events, local law enforcement is providing a safe outlet to possibly prevent crimes from happening to you.

Do you use Craigslist or a local community swap for buying and selling goods? 

According to Craigslist.com, well over 80 million classified ads are posted each year.

Cassie Phillips-Atchison is one of those frequent users buying and selling hundreds of items.

“This keeps track of all of the posts that I have made," she said.

But it's not the only forum she uses to get the best deal.

“Sell-it-SEMO, I would say is one of the largest secret groups that are out right now," said Phillips-Atchison.

She says more people have gone to online buying and selling because it's a much easier process.

But easier doesn't always means safer.

“Sometimes you don't know who you are dealing with," said Scott County Sheriff Rick Walter.

Sheriff Walter says meeting in this parking lot could give you peace of mind.

“A lot of the law enforcement coming and going, it is 24-hours a day. So, you got people coming in here, patrol cars coming in and out of here all of the time. So it would make somebody feel a little bit more at ease," he said.

More than 30 cameras survey the Scott County Jail.

Sheriff Walker can watch right from his office.

“In case there is any problems," he said.

Problems Atchison-Phillips hopes to never encounter.

“I think it is just a reality check for people who use these sites," she said.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office will be using the jail lobby and jail parking lot to provide a safe zone to residents for transactions on Craigslist or other websites. 

Please call the Sheriff's Office at (573) 545-3525 and let the staff know ahead of time what time you are going to be arriving to make a transaction.

After arrival, please enter the jail lobby and let dispatch know that you have arrived to make the transaction. 

Since the parking lot is monitored, Sheriff Rick Walter hopes this will cut down on fraud, robberies, and other crimes committed through the use of these websites.

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