Citizens in or near Columbia Heights now have a designated area for public transactions. The public is welcome to use the Columbia Heights Public Safety lobby for exchanges during business hours, but there is also a designated area in the parking lot for exchanges that need to take place after normal hours. The zone is under 24-hour surveillance but is not actively watched. The zone is identified by two “Safe Exchange Zone” signs.
The public is encouraged to use the Safe Exchange Zone to conduct a variety of exchanges. Those exchanges may include but are not limited to: child-custody exchanges, Craigslist purchases, or any other legal transactions that take place with a stranger. The parking lot is well lit and in plain sight of anyone nearby. If the need arises there is a phone in the lobby of the public safety building that can be used to call 911.