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Hazelwood PD creates Safe Trade Zone for Craigslist transactions

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A Safe Trade Zone is being set up Hazelwood police for people to meet up for online transactions. Credit: KMOV A Safe Trade Zone is being set up Hazelwood police for people to meet up for online transactions. Credit: KMOV

HAZELWOOD, Mo. (KMOV.com) – If you're planning on buying or selling anything online, the Hazelwood Police Department has created a spot for you to do just that.

Major Ken Jewson says the Safe Trade Zone is a safe place for you to meet with buyers or sellers from Craigslist and other social media sites.

"Individuals can just meet and make their transactions. It is also recorded, 24 hours a day by three different cameras," said Jewson.

The Safe Trade Zone and was inspired by the murder of a college student in 2015, according to Jewson.

Taylor Clark, who had just taken his last exam at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville was trying to sell his car on Craigslist, authorities say.

Police say Clark met up with the potential buyer at a truck driving training center in Hazelwood and was murdered.

Prosecutors charged Michael Gordon in Clark's death. The case is on the docket for late 2016.

"It is a potential death penalty case. We haven't made the decision as of yet whether we will seek the death in the case," says Prosecuting Attorney Bob McCulloch.

McCulloch says places like the safe zone are a great thing and encourages people to take advantage of them.

Hazelwood's set up is one of many throughout the Saint Louis Area.

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