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craigslistOver the last few years I have bought and sold items via craigslist from a magazine to a sportscar. I am a bonafide Craigslist.org fanatic and with over 40 million users each month it is clear I am not alone.

Craigslist has become one of the most diverse social networking and classified ad sites on the Internet. It is a place to find roommates, romance, furniture, jobs and lively debates. While the vast majority of users are interested in honest commerce and conversation, there are numerous cases of the site being used for a host of illegal activities, including prostitution, robbery, identity theft, fraud and now it seems even serial murder.

Boston Police say the man they believe murdered an aspiring actress Julissa Brisman, 26, at the Copley Marriott in Boston two days ago may also be responsible for other attacks on women, (one possibly last night in Rhode Island) and that he possibly met them through their advertisements on Craigslist.

It is too easy to blame the site for what it cannot control. The overwhelming majority of craigslist users are trustworthy and well-intentioned. But, most are strangers and we all remember what we learned as children “there are dangers in strangers”. Craigslist offers the following advice for your safety:

With billions of human interactions facilitated through craigslist, the incidence of violent crime has been extremely low.

Nevertheless, it’s very important to take the same common sense precautions online as you would offline. When meeting someone for the first time, please remember to:

  • Insist on a public meeting place like a cafe
  • Tell a friend or family member where you’re going
  • Take your cell phone along if you have one
  • Consider having a friend accompany you
  • Trust your instincts

Taking these simple precautions will help make craigslist safer for everyone.

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