Tips for Craigslist users to avoid becoming a victim

PALM BEACH COUNTY, Fla. - Within just days of each other, there were two Craigslist related crimes in Palm Beach County. The first involved a woman in Palm Beach Gardens who says she was hired to clean, but says she was instead attacked and raped. The other crime involved a Boynton Beach woman whose dog was allegedly stolen by a dog sitter she hired on Craigslist.

To help prevent becoming a victim to a crime involving websites like this, police in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach and Boca Raton, offer their lobbies for Craigslist transactions.

Sgt. Nicole Guerriero of Delray Beach Police says, "It's just a safe place. There's always people here. An officer would be here in seconds if something were to happen. It's just a great idea to keep our community safe."

Sgt. Guerriero offers some tips for people who continue to use Craiglist.

"If you're going to go to someone's home for a Craigslist ad, bring someone with you. Don't go it alone. It's the same advice we give when you're walking in parking lots late at night. Do it with someone else so that you're not alone and that you're not walking into a situation by yourself," Guerriero says.

She also advises Craigslist users to contact a friend or family member before going through with the transaction. Let them know where you're going and what time you'll be there, and ask them to check on you shortly afterwards.

Finally, she suggests you "trust your gut." If you feel like something isn't right, it probably isn't.