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Safe Exchange Zone

The Fremont Police Department is pleased to announce a new safe Exchange Zone. 

Photo of Exchange Zone

The Exchange Zone is a specific space in our public parking lot for community members to conduct private party transactions and safe custody exchanges at the Fremont Police Department. The Fremont Police Department is one of several law enforcement agencies now offering an Exchange Zone as a safer alternative to other meeting locations, such as a private residence or retail center parking lot.  Our parking lot has been quietly used for years and we are now publicly inviting and encouraging online sellers and buyers to utilize our new safe Exchange Zone. 

Location and Hours
Our Exchange Zone is located in two well-lit parking spaces in front of the Fremont Police Department and is recorded by video 24-hours a day. While video will record the area, the optimal transaction time of Monday - Friday, between 6 a.m. – 6 p.m.  (Department business hours), is recommended.  

Availability is on a first come, first serve basis. No reservations will be taken. 

Police officers will not be present during transactions and video will not always be monitored in real time.   Department employees will not get involved or actively monitor transactions and employees of the City of Fremont will not be able to act as official witness, provide legal advice or settle civil disputes.

The exchange of drugs, weapons, alcohol and other illegal items is not permitted. 

All exchanges must be person-to-person.  In the case of custody transfer, the Exchange Zone is not a drop-off where parents can leave children for a later pick-up time.

Safety Tips
  • Only conduct transactions with local buyers/sellers.
  • Insist on meeting in a public place.
  • Do not invite strangers into your home, and do not go to theirs.
  • Take your cell phone with you.
  • If you are selling a large piece of furniture, move the piece to an open garage or front porch.   
  • Tell a friend or family member about your intentions.  Tell them when and where and with whom you are meeting - if possible, bring them with you!
  • Complete transactions during daylight hours.
  • Be extra cautious in buying/selling valuable items.
  • Only use cash or money orders.
  • Trust your instincts and be cautious of scams.