Administered by the Police Department, the Town of Cary has designated public parking spaces on Town Hall Campus as a location to make legal transactions for items purchased/sold online. The Swap Spots are located behind the Town of Cary Police Department near the Cash Points ATM, 120 Wilkinson Avenue.

Swap Spots are available 24/7. Additionally, residents may also use the Police Department Lobby as a safe place to exchange items weekdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Swap Spot Quick Facts:

  • A police officer will not monitor each exchange, facilitate transactions or keep a log of transactions.
  • The Swap Spots are under 24/7 video monitoring but not watched by police personnel.
  • There is no guarantee that the Swap Spot will provide a greater level of safety compared to other public locations.
  • Swap Spots may be used for other legal exchanges, such as exchanging property between individuals or for child custody exchanges.
  • As a reminder, guns are not permitted on Town property.

While many people who conduct business online are honest and sincere in buying and selling items, there are those who use it to facilitate crimes. Buyers and sellers should take safety precautions, including:

  • Telling a friend or family member where you are going and when you’ll likely return.
  • Bringing a friend with you to the transaction site.
  • Conducting exchanges during daylight hours and in a public place.
  • Bringing a cell phone and keeping it turned on and on you during the transaction.
  • Trusting your instincts and taking additional safety precautions as necessary. Never be afraid to cancel a transaction if you identify a red flag or have a concern for your safety.

Always be vigilant about your personal, physical safety and take precautions to avoid financial crimes such as theft or identity theft. Craigslist, the popular website for online buying and selling, offers updated safety information on their website for consideration. If you think you are a victim of a fraudulent online purchase, report it to the Cary Police Department at (919) 469-4012.