Safe Exchange Zones

Safe Exchange Zone in Oregon CityTo provide residents a safe location for private party transactions, including online purchases and for child custody transfers, Oregon City Police has created "Safe Exchange Zones" located at the Robert Libke Public Safety Building. Two designated zones are available-the public parking lot and building lobby; both zones are under 24/7 video surveillance.

Using the Exchange Zone is meant to provide a safe alternative to meeting a stranger at a private residence or unfamiliar location. In the case of child custody transfers, the Safe Exchange Zone is not a drop-off where parents can leave children for a later pick-up time. All exchanges must be person-to-person.

No appointments are necessary when using the Safe Exchange Zone.

Exchange Zone Safety Tips:

  • Oregon City Police personnel will not assist with any transactions.
  • The zone located in the building lobby is available Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4 pm, excluding holidays.
  • The Safe Exchange Zone is meant for person-to-person transactions. Property may not be dropped off and left unattended.
  • Sellers are required to take their property with them if the buyer does not show up.
  • Only conduct transactions with local buyers/sellers.
  • Do not go to a transaction alone.
  • Make sure a friend or family member is aware of the details.
  • Complete the transaction during daylight hours.
  • Be extra cautious in buying/selling valuable items.
  • Only use cash or money orders.
  • Trust your instincts; if it sounds like a scam it probably is a scam.
  • If someone is not willing to come to the Oregon City Police Department to complete a sale, it is probably not a legitimate transaction.

To learn more about Safe Exchange Zones, or to find more in your area, please visit the SafeTrade Station - List page.