Safe Swap Spot
A Safe Swap Spot is a designated public place where residents may exchange items that they have purchased/sold online. This allows people to have a public location to make legal transactions.
West St. Paul's Safe Swap Spot is located in the main entrance of City Hall (1616 Humboldt Ave.)
The Safe Swap Spot is located through the first set of doors in the main entrance. These doors are unlocked and video recorded 24 hours a day, however City Hall is only open 8am - 4:30pm, Mon-Fri.
Please keep in mind the following about Swap Spots:
- An officer will not monitor each exchange and will not facilitate transactions, nor keep a log of transactions.
- There is no guarantee that a Swap Spot location will provide a greater level of safety compared to other public locations. Swap Spots are an additional option when people want to schedule a transaction in a public place.
- The Safe Swap Spot may be used for other legal exchanges such as exchanging property between individuals or for child visitation exchanges.
While many people who conduct business online are honest and sincere in buying and selling their items, there are those who use it to facilitate their crimes. Buyers and sellers online are strangers and you need to take safety precautions, including:
- Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you will return
- If possible, have someone accompany you
- Conduct exchanges during daylight hours, in a public place
- Bring a cell phone and make sure it is turned on
- Always trust your instincts and take additional safety precautions as necessary. Cancel plans for a transaction if you identify any red flags or have additional concerns for your safety
Going on a vacation and want some piece of mind? Let us know! We will provide extra patrol for when you are out of town. Fill out and submit the Vacation Home Card.
Minnesota predatory offender laws have been created in order for the public to be provided adequate notice and information about predatory offenders who have been or are about to be released from custody. Residents who partner with their local police department are better able to develop constructive plans to educate themselves and their family members for the offender’s release.
The public risk posed by a predatory offender is assessed by a committee of experts, after which the offender is given a risk level by the Department of Corrections. Information about the offender, including their risk level, is sent to the local law enforcement agency having primary jurisdiction over the area in which the offender plans to reside. The assigned risk level determines to whom law enforcement may disclose information to.
The Community Notification Law can be an empowering tool. As previously stated, it allows law enforcement agencies to inform their residents. Information helps residents be aware, be cautious and be safe. This information is not intended to cause undue fear or inappropriate actions such as harassing the offender.
Available resources and links
Stop it Now! MN (888) PREVENT
Jacob Wetterling Resource Center (800) 325-HOPE
National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (800) 843-5678
MN Coalition Against Sexual Assault (651) 209-9993
Office of Justice Programs Crime Victim Services (888) 622-8799