Craigslist, Facebook Marketplace, or other online sites are great for picking up deals on items - especially during the holiday season, but you may feel a little uneasy meeting up with a total stranger.

We've all heard horror stories in the news or through friends about what can happen when you meet someone off an online buying site. For the most part, nothing happens. But every once in a while something does, and that's where the Rome Police Department wants to help.

If you're meeting someone off of Craigslist, the Facebook Marketplace, or any site like that, a good idea is to have them meet you in a public place - NOT your home or a friend's home (or even the seller's home). Instead of meeting them in some store parking lot, why not have them meet you at the Rome Police Department? Give them the police department's address: 301 North James Street in Rome.

If the seller has nothing to hide, isn't up to anything bad, and isn't in trouble - They won't have any problem meeting you there. If they don't want to meet you at the Police Department, maybe you should look to someone else for the items you're looking to buy.

It's better to be safe than sorry, especially during the holiday season. Be careful while shopping online, and if you're ever in doubt (if something doesn't seem right), just don't do it.

Be safe and happy shopping!