Daly City City Council expected to approve internet exchange zone legislation

DALY CITY (KRON/BCN) — The Daly City City Council is expected to approve legislation Monday night that would create a safe zone outside of City Hall, where people can meet in person to complete internet sales and transactions.

The Internet Safe Sale and Exchange Zone legislation would designate an area in the visitor parking lot of City Hall in an effort to enhance safety for anyone selling or buying items online, according to city officials.

The City Council will vote on the legislation Monday at their regular meeting at 7 p.m.

“The legislation is common sense in the 21st Century economy. We know transactions are taking place online and the majority of them are safe. However, this would provide a safer environment for that,” said Vice Mayor David Canepa, who authored the legislation.

The safe zone would be equipped with new HD cameras that provide 24-hour surveillance, according to Canepa.

Once approved, the program would not cost taxpayers anything and would be funded with asset-forfeiture money, Canepa said.

The legislation was created after recent crimes involving internet sales in and around the city.

In 2013, Daly City resident Ikenna Uwakah, 22, was fatally shot in San Francisco, after his girlfriend agreed to meet up with the suspect on Instagram to sell a Sony PlayStation 4.

Also in 2013, San Francisco resident Rommel Narvaez, 19, responded to an ad on Craigslist offering cash for iPhones. When he met up with a potential buyer in Daly City, he instead robbed the victim of the money the victim had brought to purchase the phone.

In April, the Pittsburg Police Department adopted a similar idea, creating a safe exchange zone to facilitate online transactions. The area is located in the police department parking lot and is under 24-hour video surveillance.

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