The City of Sainte-Thérèse, in collaboration with the Thérèse-De Blainville Intermunicipal Police Board, has taken a significant step to enhance community safety by introducing a neutral meeting zone. This designated area is strategically located in front of the police station’s garage doors at 150 Boulevard Ducharme. It has been carefully designed to provide a secure space where citizens can conduct various types of exchanges with peace of mind, thanks to 24/7 surveillance by cameras.
This initiative reflects a broader trend that is becoming increasingly popular nationwide. These clearly marked and well-monitored zones serve as safe havens for individuals engaged in transactions resulting from online sales. With the surge in peer-to-peer online commerce, such areas play a crucial role in preventing fraud, theft, and even potential physical harm during in-person meet-ups associated with these transactions.
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One of the key objectives of establishing this neutral meeting zone is to prioritize the safety and well-being of the city’s residents. Mayor Christian Charron of Sainte-Thérèse emphasized this point, highlighting how this initiative aligns with a larger nationwide effort to create secure environments for community members. By providing a dedicated space for face-to-face interactions that occur after online transactions, the city aims to mitigate risks and enhance overall security.
This initiative owes its existence to the collaborative efforts of the Synergy Committee, a group comprised of representatives from four municipalities served by the Thérèse-De Blainville Intermunicipal Police Board: Boisbriand, Rosemère, Lorraine, and Sainte-Thérèse. The committee’s primary focus is on developing projects aimed at promoting prevention, security, and the general well-being of the citizens within their respective communities. By establishing this neutral meeting zone, the committee demonstrates its commitment to proactively address the safety needs of residents and strengthen community bonds.