Police offer safe place 

After a violent assault tied to a Longmont Craigslist ad, Loveland police say their lobby is open to people looking to conduct on-line business. 

In the wake of a violent assault on a pregnant woman lured to a Longmont home by a Craigslist ad, Loveland officials have designated the police building lobby as a safe zone for online meet ups.

Loveland police chief Luke Hecker said he wants the public to know they may come to the lobby at 810 East 10th Street to conduct any legal transaction made between unfamiliar parties. " this week has created a real sense of urgency to do this, and I am glad to do it," he said. " The people need to know our staff will not be involved in these transactions, it's simply a location they can come to finalize those transactions."

designating a lobby as a safe zone is something Weld County Sheriff Steve reams initiated at the end of February. Hecker said he saw others in Colorado implementing this concept and thought it was good for the community, so he began a discussion about it with employees a few weeks ago.

The lobby is open for this kind of use during and after business hours - people wishing to use the lobby once the building is locked can use the phone in the foyer to gain access. Hecker noted that it should be taken as a red flag if someone refuses to meet at the police station. For more information contact Loveland police at 970-667-2151.

By: Dana Rieck
​Reporter-Herald Staff Writer
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