Irvine Police Open E-Commerce Exchange Zone Next To… Where Else? – Weekly OC


You have just entered… in the E-Commerce Zone. Photos courtesy of the Irvine Police Department

Do you know how Irvine became America’s safest city?

Of course, of course, practical … but it’s also worth considering how the Irvine Police Department still thinks.

Take its new ecommerce exchange area.

Maybe you’ve read (even on this site) stories of scammers posting or responding to classifieds online, set up a date at a designated location, and end up stealing the potential buyer or seller.

Irvine’s cops know about such crimes. For example, in 2014, they arrested Arnold Min Baek for allegedly stealing nearly $ 20,000 from people who responded to Craigslist ads he posted promoting a Mercedes and Rolex watch for sale.

Well, in the hope of doing e-commerce transactions, the department set up an e-commerce exchange area, which is located – take this! – in the parking lot adjacent to the IPD, 1 Civic Center Plaza.

“The area is clearly marked and is equipped with high definition cameras that record activity 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” read the IPD announcement. “The video feed from the cameras can be seen in the IPD communication center. “

There are no fees or reservations required to use the ecommerce exchange area, but if you have any questions about this call the IPD front desk at 949.724.7000 or visit

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