South Heidelberg Township has established a "Exchange Zone” in the front visitor parking lot of the South Heidelberg Township Administration Building, located at 555 Mountain Home Road, Sinking Spring PA 19608. Two parking spaces have been marked with signs marking the “Exchange Zone” with the spaces and curb painted in a green color. The marked area is video recorded by security cameras 24/7. It should be noted that personnel are not in the Township/Police Station at all times, therefore it is recommended that the zone be used during normal business hours, Monday-Friday. If this is not possible, the area is recorded and routinely patrolled.
This zone has been set up as a courtesy to and for the protection of South Heidelberg Township Citizens involved in an online transaction and/or custody exchange. The Township does not endorse any service and only provides this area as an added layer of safety for those citizens involved in online commerce. South Heidelberg Township Police Officers or Personnel will not intervene as witnesses, negotiators, or brokers for transactions.
The exchange of any type of weapons, destructive devices, any illicit items, controlled dangerous substances, or controlled dangerous substance paraphernalia are not permitted on our property and persons to be found in possession of those will be subject to arrest.
While the “Exchange Zone” provides an area for buyers and sellers to meet, it is important to remember that people you meet online are strangers and can pose dangers. Not every buyer or seller you meet online is someone who is true with their intent. When making arrangements to complete online transactions face-to-face, residents should be reminded to:
- Complete all transactions during daylight hours, if possible
- Bring a cell phone in case of emergency
- Notify friends or family about the details of the exchange beforehand
- Never invite strangers to your home or agree to meet at a stranger’s home
- Reconsider any transaction with an individual who refuses to meet at a designated “Safe Exchange Zone”
SHTWP - RESOLUTION 13-2021 - EXCHANGE ZONE POLICY