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It is common for citizens to buy and sell property to people where the source of the transaction originated via the internet, newspaper or other means.In instances where the buyer and seller are not known to each other, personal safety is an important factor in the transaction. To assist those who choose to engage in these types of transactions, the Northbrook Police Department offers the following safety tips.•Never meet anyone at your home whether buying or selling. Always meet in a public place such as a restaurant or shopping center or anywhere where there is a high volume of pedestrian or vehicle traffic.•Avoid meeting at night, but if you must, then choose a location that is well lit and has a high volume of pedestrian or vehicular traffic as the presence of other people provides an additional measure of safety.•Consider bringing a family member or friend to observe and witness the transaction.The Northbrook Police Department, 1401 Landwehr Road, is a safe place to complete transactions made on the Internet.Members of the community are welcome to use the front parking lot of the station by the sign, which is under 24-hour video surveillance, but not live surveillance. The use of the parking lot is available as a convenience, but cannot disrupt the daily business of the Police Department staff. Please note that Police Department personnel will not oversee or be involved in the transaction in any way.Any disputes regarding the sale price, condition of the item or any other matters related to the transaction are considered a civil matter. If a dispute arises during the buying or selling of goods or services, remember to exercise your right to terminate the transaction.