Use a "Swap Spot" for your safety


The sheriff’s office has created a swap spot - a designated public place where residents can exchange items that they’ve bought and sold online.

The Swap spot is available 24/7 and provides a public spot where transactions are video recorded :

--Yellow Medicine County Justice Center Entrance / Parking Lot.

--*More Locations To Come*

A deputy won't monitor, log or facilitate transactions.

The swap spot locations don’t guarantee a greater level of safety compared to other public locations. They’re an additional option when people want to schedule a transaction in a public place.

You can use swap spots for other legal exchanges such as exchanging property or for child visitation exchanges.


There are those who use online transactions to commit crime.

Take precautions including:

  • Tell a friend or family member where you are going and when you will return.
  • If possible, have someone accompany you.
  • Conduct exchanges during daylight hours, in a public place.
  • Bring a cell phone and make sure it is turned on.
  • Trust your instincts. Cancel plans for a transaction if you identify any red flags or have additional concerns for your safety.