Illinois police departments from Naperville to Peoria are offering their lobbies as “safe havens” for completing online transactions, joining a national trend.

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CHICAGO — For buyers and sellers on Craigslist, there’s a new place to make the handoff: the police station.

Illinois police departments from Naperville to Peoria are offering their lobbies as “safe havens” for completing online transactions, joining a national trend.

Naperville Police Cmdr. Ken Parcel said Monday that the department plans to announce that the lobby of its station can be used by buyers and sellers who connect through Craigslist and other online markets.

Parcel described the lobby policy as “a preventative measure to ensure there’s a safe place to allow (buyers and sellers) to conduct their normal lives and business.”

The department’s staff won’t be involved in the transactions or oversee them, Parcel said.

Late last month, the Peoria Police Department announced that residents could use a department parking lot and the lobby of its station for online transactions, “in an effort to deter Craigslist robberies.”

The Chicago Police Department said Monday: “If you plan on buying or selling items via Craigslist or any other online site, the Chicago Police Department suggests that you conduct your transaction at the closest police station to protect both the buyer and seller. ”