Irondequoit Supervisor Dave Seeley today joined State Senator Rich Funke and Irondequoit Police Department leadership to announce the establishment of an “eCommerce Exchange Safety Zone” adjacent to the Town’s Public Safety Building.
The safety zone is made possible by $160,000 in State funding secured by Senator Funke to help finance various safety enhancements inside and outside of the Irondequoit Police Department. The safety zone will be available for the general public and will allow them to park in a specifically designated location that is monitored by a 24-hour taping system.
“The growth of the click-and-meet economy has expanded our power as consumers, but it has also created a potentially non-secure scenario where the very worst has unfortunately occurred,” said Supervisor Seeley. “At the local level, we cannot control the pace or nature of these transactions, but we can help provide for the security of the parties involved. I thank Senator Funke for securing this funding to allow this project to come to fruition.”
"The internet and social media have opened up a plethora of opportunities for commerce between individuals and businesses. Many folks use their home or garage as a place for these exchanges and sadly there are occasions where criminals can use this to their advantage. To prevent those types of incidents and to provide a safe and secure place for these exchanges, I was proud to provide the funding needed to create this eCommerce safe zone. The fencing and video tape equipment I was able to fund will make the general public safer and the police station more secure in its own right," said Senator Rich Funke, NYS Senate District 55.
“This additional public safety resource enhances the quality of life in our community. It is there not just for the Irondequoit community, but for the general public throughout the area to use. It provides assurance of an eCommerce exchange zone with safety as a priority,” said Irondequoit Police Chief Richard Tantalo.
The eCommerce zone is part of a broader initiative to enhance safety inside and outside of the Irondequoit Public Safety Building, completed with the State funding secured by Senator Funke. The Town is in the process of completing an automated access gate for Police Officers and IPD civilian staff, and last year installed new cameras and security fencing around the perimeter of the parking lot.