The Borough of New Providence announces the implementation of a new public safety initiative, the “Internet Purchase Exchange Location” (IPEL). In partnership with OfferUp, which generously donated a parking sign, the program addresses safety and awareness concerns regarding Internet-based purchases from websites like Craigslist, eBay, OfferUp, or any other item advertised for sale from an individual. While these and other websites are frequently used and credible, their popularity makes them vulnerable to criminal activity from online predators.
The Borough is providing a location for residents to use when conducting in-person transactions. Designated parking spaces have been identified in the Municipal Center’s public parking lot at 360 Elkwood Avenue, near the main entrance, for any type of legitimate exchange New Providence residents may need, including Internet-based buyer and seller transactions. The parking lot location is under video surveillance at all times.
Municipal Employees may not act in any capacity as an official witness to or broker for any transaction. The location has been established only to provide a safe environment for the exchange of merchandise between private parties. The goal of this program is to help reduce victimization and prevent illegal transactions. This offer does not extend to transactions involving the sale of any contraband, stolen property, gun sales, or the sale of illegal items or prohibited services.