Middletown Township is offering new protection at the police station for residents making online purchase. The strategy will help ease the stress when meeting someone unfamiliar in a potentially unsafe place.

The township recently announced its plan for the safe space in their monthly newsletter to residents. Authorities recommend users of online retailers like Craigslist, Facebook Market Place, or others should meet in public places, and now offer the lobby of the Middletown Police Department building.

Officer Melissa Robinson wants people to know they have a place to go if meeting a stranger.

“Since we don’t have a 24/7 lobby that’s open to the public, we could at least make it available during normal business hours,” Officer Robinson said. “There’s clerks, there’s usually an officer in the front window, and it’s also under video surveillance.”

The “safe exchange zone” should only be used to make legal online transactions. The space will be available during the township’s normal business hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday, with the exception of holidays.

The Middletown Police Department is located at 3 Municipal Way in Langhorne.

WBCB’s Katie Donahue contributed to this post.