ORISKANY, N.Y. --- After a man was robbed at gunpoint at his home on Newport road In Schuyler, NEWSChannel 2 reached out to law enforcement about some tips on doing these transactions safely.
Oneida County Sheriff Robert Maciol tells us going alone can be dangerous.
"Of course when you purchase the item you shouldn't be going alone. You also shouldn't be using cash unless that is the only way you can do it and certainly you should be making the exchange in public places," said Maciol.
The Sheriff said that meeting someone in your home could be a dangerous idea, especially when you don't know the person.
"I know there are some cases where we can't avoid it, but you don't make the exchange at your home," said Maciol.
Also, do your research on both the person and item. Going through their profile could set off some red flags.
"Again you want to identify the legitimacy of the party involved and the product you're buying. So again you want to physically see things before you make a purchase," said Maciol.
The Utica Police Department has a room designated for these types of transactions. Sheriff Maciol said that after the Newport Road incident, its something he is considering.
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