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News Release

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Media Relations

Mission Area Internet Exchange Safe Zone NR19020ne

Mission Hills: The Los Angeles Police Department, Mission Area, has seen an uptick of recent crimes involving internet transactions. Mission feels these types of crimes can be avoided by educating the public to safe zones for such transactions. Mission Area Community Police Station, located at 11121 N. Sepulveda Blvd Mission Hills, CA 91343 has been designated as an internet exchange safe zone. We are continually working to ensure the safety of the residents in our community and are urging that you conduct these transactions during our normal business hours between 7a.m.-11p.m. Please try to avoid selling your property during late night hours, also if you can't make it to the police station remember these tips:

-Insist on meeting at a public meeting place like a café, bank or shopping center
-Tell a friend or family member where you are going
-Consider bringing somebody with you when you complete the transaction
-Be careful of getting pressured into conducting the transaction quickly
-Make sure you have your cell phone with you and that it is sufficiently charged

Anyone with information regarding crimes involving internet related sales transactions is urged to call Det. Thomas Barnhart, Mission Area Robbery detectives, at (818) 838-9810. Anonymous tips can be called into Crimestoppers at 800-222-TIPS (8477), or by texting 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Online tips may be placed at, click on "webtips" and the prompts.