By Ed Curran

(CBS) – Lots of people turn to Craigslist when looking for a bargain — or to sell off some unwanted stuff.

But meeting a stranger can be dangerous.

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Now, there’s a new place to go to safely seal the deal. CBS 2’s Ed Curran reports.

Cash is king on Craigslist. But you’re taking a chance meeting a stranger with a wad of bills in your pocket. In East Chicago, Ind., police chief Mark Becker says why not meet at the police station?

It’s called Operation Safe Sale.

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The idea came from Officer Bill Jansky. And let’s face it, a bad guy doesn’t want to meet you at a building populated by police and covered with cameras.

“If their reaction is, ‘Well, I don’t want to do that,’ that should send up some flares and flags and you should know well, maybe I shouldn’t be dealing with this person,” Becker says.

During certain hours, the police can provide an officer and even run a serial number or vehicle identification number.

“Crooks do dumb things, I get that, but hopefully they won’t bring something stolen into a police department and sell it,” the chief says.

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The offer to use the East Chicago Department is open to anyone, 24 hours a day. If you’d like to have a police officer present, the hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.