Swap Spots are designated public places where residents may exchange items that they have purchased/sold online. This allows people to have a public location to make legal transactions.
Swap Spots are located in the lobby of three Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office facilities.
Sheriff's Water Patrol, 4141 Shoreline Drive, Spring Park, MN
Enforcement Services Division, 9401 83rd Ave. N., Brooklyn Park, MN
Public Safety Facility, 401 S. 4th Ave., Minneapolis, MN
Swap Spots are available during regular business hours of operation: 8am-4:30pm, Monday-Friday, excluding holidays.
Please keep in mind the following about Swap Spots:
- A deputy will not monitor each exchange and will not facilitate transactions, nor keep a log of transactions.
- If a member of the public requests a deputy present during a Swap Spot exchange, the Hennepin County Sheriff’s Office will try and accommodate based on availability of personnel. Make your request in person, upon arrival at a Swap Spot location.
- There is no guarantee that a Swap Spot location will provide a greater level of safety compared to other public locations. Swap Spots are an additional option when people want to schedule a transaction in a pubilc place.
- Swap Spots may be used for other legal exchanges such as exchanging property between individuals or for child visitation exchanges.
While many people who conduct business online are honest and sincere in buying and selling their items, there are those who use it to facilitate their crimes. Buyers and sellers online are strangers and you need to take safety precautions, including:
- Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you will return.
- If possible, have someone accompany you.
- Conduct exchanges during daylight hours, in a public place.
- Bring a cell phone and make sure it is turned on.
- Always trust your instincts and take additional safety precautions as necessary. Cancel plans for a transaction if you identify any red flags or have additional concerns for your safety.
You should be vigilant about your personal, physical safety -- and you should also take precautions to avoid financial crimes, such as theft or identity theft. Craigslist is a popular website for online buying/selling. Here is the safety information from that website.
Deal locally, face-to-face —follow this one rule and avoid 99% of scam attempts.
- Do not extend payment to anyone you have not met in person.
- Beware offers involving shipping - deal with locals you can meet in person.
- Never wire funds (e.g. Western Union) - anyone who asks you to is a scammer.
- Don't accept cashier/certified checks or money orders - banks cash fakes, then hold you responsible.
- Transactions are between users only, no third party provides a "guarantee".
- Never give out financial info (bank account, social security, paypal account, etc).
- Do not rent or purchase sight-unseen—that amazing "deal" may not exist.
- Refuse background/credit checks until you have met landlord/employer in person.
For more tips, click on the Resources links below.