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Police launch campaign to prevent person-on-person robberies

Person-on-person robberies occur when buying or selling things online through classified ads
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Waterloo Regional Police
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Waterloo Regional Police are asking people to play it safe when buying or selling things through classified ads online.

They have launched a social media campaign called #OnceUponACrime to help educate residents. 

Constable Andre Johnson says police have seen an increase in person-on-person robberies.

"Last year we had 175 and this year so far, we've had 129 person-on-person robberies to date," says Johnson. "We are encouraging those who are looking to buy or sell products online, to check the buyer or seller's name through an online search engine, such as Facebook, Instagram or Google."

He says if anything appears suspicious, you should call police immediately.

Here is the full list of tips from WRPS to stay safe when buying or selling items online:

  • Check the buyer's/seller's name through an online search engine such as Facebook, Instagram or Google
  • Don't provide any personal information
  • Ask about the history of the item being sold
  • Do not transfer/provide money to the person before receiving the product
  • Meet in a well-lit public location that has surveillance cameras (a police detachment is always an option)
  • Be wary of locations changing at the last minute
  • Bring a friend, or let someone know when and where your meeting is taking place



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