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A safer way to use Craigslist

A safer way to use Craigslist
photo courtesy of Qwilo

Since it emerged on the scene in 1995, Craigslist has become one of the most well-known and used resources to buy and sell all sorts of things online, ranging from antiques that were hiding in your basement to finding your new pet or even landing a job.

But the only thing that makes the site not-so-great is its safety concerns. In fact, as of January of this year, Craigslist has been linked to 101 murders across the country, and that's not including robberies, rapes and those who have fallen victim to Craigslist scams.

That's why in the past, we've given you great tips to stay safe while using the site and now, we've found an app that can make using Craigslist even safer.

The app is called Qwilo and it has everything the Craigslist app has - you can buy or sell, post and respond to sellers - but what sets it apart is when you're ready to make the transaction, Qwilo will suggest up to 10 safe and public places, like a police station or coffee shop, to meet and make your exchange.

With just a few taps, you can get directions to the location to put into Google Maps or Waze, and make your Craigslist transaction without worrying. On top of using the Qwilo app, here are a few other tips to stay safe when using Craigslist:

  • Always meet somewhere in public, never meet in a secluded place or invite strangers into your home.
  • Tell a friend or family member where you are going and what you are doing.
  • See if someone can accompany you when you make the exchange.
  • Don't forget to take your phone in case of an emergency.
  • Trust your instincts. If something smells fishy, it probably is.

The free app is currently available only for Apple gadgets, but stay tuned for the Android version.

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