Nov. 5, 2015 - The lobby of the Oak Park Police Station, 123 Madison Street, is available to the public for in-person meetings and face-to-face transactions. Police officials are encouraging residents to make use of the lobby, which is open, well-lit and staffed 24 hours a day.
The reminder comes with the growing number of crimes committed by perpetrators who arranged meetings with their victims through online forums. In one of the most tragic examples, a St. Louis man killed an Illinois college student after meeting him about a car that was for sale on Craigslist.
“We urge everyone to be careful when coordinating in-person transactions, particularly those arranged through online sites where someone’s identity can be easily obscured,” said Police Chief Rick C. Tanksley. “The police station is always available as a safe venue for finalizing transactions or conducting exchanges.”
The police station has been used for parental custody exchanges for years, Tanksley said. The lobby is located on the lower level of Village Hall, 123 Madison St.
For more information on the Police Department, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.oak-park.us/police.