The Montgomery County Department of Police has designated Exchange Zones for residents to complete online transactions. This Exchange Zone program was implemented in 2017 to help reduce and deter crimes such as theft, robbery, and fraud.

Exchange Zone Locations

  • Located at each of the six police district station’s lobbies and parking lots (with the exception of the 2nd District where ONLY the lobby is open to the public - not the parking lot).

Please note that Montgomery County Police employees will not participate in transactions or act as witnesses. However, parties are encouraged to call 911 if a crime occurs.

Buying or Selling Items

When selling or purchasing items from an unknown person, the Montgomery County Police Department offers the following safety tips:

  1. Always meet the buyer or seller at an exchange zone that is well populated, well lit, and preferably at a designated police exchange zone.
  2. Tell a friend or family member where you’re going to meet someone and when possible, take a friend with you.
  3. Inform the buyer/seller that you will not be alone.
  4. Trust your instincts – if it sounds like a scam or too good to be true, it probably is.
  5. Do not invite strangers into your home.
  6. Never give out any personal or financial information.