Online transactions: Montreal Police deploys seven new secure exchange zones

The SPVM has set up seven new secure exchange zones where fans of online sales sites can safely go to conclude their transactions

Park extension is zone PDQ 31

The Service de Police de la Ville de Montréal (SPVM) has set up seven new secure exchange zones (postes de quartier / PDQ)  where fans of online sales sites can go to conclude their transactions in a well lit and calm environment which is monitored by camera. These areas are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days of the week in the following areas on the island with Park extension having its own:

PDQ 3 – Île-Bizard, Pierrefonds, Sainte-Geneviève, Roxboro

PDQ 8 – Lachine

PDQ 16 – Île-des-Sœurs, Verdun

PDQ 31 – Villeray, Parc-Extension

PDQ 42 – Saint-Léonard

PDQ 48 – Mercier —Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

PDQ 49 – Ville de Montréal-Est, Pointe-aux-Trembles

A total of eleven secure exchange zones are now in service on SPVM territory. See the full list of secure trading area locations.

Protection against fraudulent schemes

Due to their great popularity, online sales platforms can attract ill-intentioned people who will deploy various schemes to try to defraud or steal from other users. Arranging to meet in a secure trading area to finalize a transaction greatly reduces the likelihood of falling into their trap. These individuals are indeed unlikely to show up near a PDQ to commit their offence.

Here are some other tips that will help Park ex residents avoid bad experiences of buying or selling online:

  1. Do not pay for a good without having seen it
  2. Take precautions to identify the person with whom you are dealing
  3. Be extra vigilant when the profile of a user has a limited or nonexistent history
  4. Beware of an offer that is too good to be true, it is probably a fraud.

In its press release, the SPVM thanked the organization Info-Crime Montréal for its financial contribution to the project as well as the borough of Saint-Léonard for its support for the development of the secure area of ​​PDQ 42.