With the growing number of online transactions being made every day via Facebook, Craigslist, and other social media outlets, the Flower Mound Police Department is now offering a designated public area to conduct these transactions. The Flower Mound Police Department parking lot and front lobby are well-lit and highly-visible areas under 24-hour video surveillance coverage. Two visitor parking spaces located near the front of the police building are designated with signage, signifying their purpose as an online transaction location.
Although these areas are welcome to be used for online transactions, please exercise good judgment, as there is no guarantee to the legitimacy of any transaction. Here are some useful guidelines for utilizing the Flower Mound Police Department Lobby or parking lot:
- Transactions involving weapons, knives, or firearms are prohibited.
- Please use the two marked visitor parking spaces near the front entrance of the Police Department.
- Do not block any reserved Emergency Vehicle or Handicap Parking Spaces.
- If you use alternate areas for your transaction, here are some important safety tips for the safest transaction experience:
- Always make sure the area where the transaction will take place is well-lit and has high quality video surveillance.
- Always conduct transactions with a friend or family member who has a cell phone in case of emergency.
- Always meet in active public areas.
- Always notify a friend or family member of where you are going and how long you expect to be.
- Do not conduct transactions by placing items on your porch, and asking the buyer to leave cash under the door mat. This type of transaction brings an unknown person to your doorstep; often when you are not home.
- Remember transactions where funds are transferred or exchanged via reloadable debit or gift cards are untraceable and non-refundable if the transaction is fraudulent.
If you feel like you are a victim of fraud due to an online transaction, please call the Flower Mound Police Department at 972.539.0525.