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Sell your valuables at a police station, cops suggest

Friday, October 12, 2012 | 9:22 AM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The police have offered their services to assist members of the public to sell their vehicles or other expensive items at a police station.

This, according to Police Commissioner Owen Ellington, is to prevent the buyer or seller being robbed and possibly killed by unscrupulous individuals.

The move comes against the background of an increase in robberies, which has sometimes resulted in murder of people trying to buy or sell such items.

"In recent times, unsuspecting members of the public who have offered goods for sale have been killed or robbed by persons posing as customers. In order to prevent such crime, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force must accommodate all requests from members of the public who seek the assistance of the Police when conducting transactions, buying or selling, of especially expensive items with persons unknown to them," Ellington said in this week's edition the Force Orders.

Members of the public carrying out such transactions can visit the nearest police station where police personnel on duty will document the identity of the purchasers, will record the identification marks of the item on offer, such as serial numbers or in the case of motor vehicle — chassis and engine numbers.

"Transactions can be carried out at police stations where standard buying and selling procedures, for example, presentation of valid identification will be observed. In the event where prospective buyers of motor vehicles wish to take a vehicle on test drives, the police will accompany if possible," Ellington said.

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