After dealing with several armed robbery attempts during meet-ups to finalize online deals, the Rockford Police Department has some tips on staying safe.

If you're planning on getting together with a stranger to buy or sell something listed on an online site like Craigslist, the Rockford Police Department is urging local residents to do so in the safest way possible.

From the Rockford Police Department Facebook page:

  • Meet in a public place
  • Make sure location is well-lit
  • Avoid conducting sales at night
  • Take extra caution with high-value items
  • Tell friends and family
  • Ask someone to go with you
  • Take a cellphone
  • Trust your instincts

And, as always, if the deal seems too good to be true...it probably is.

It's not just the Rockford area having this problem, either: