DALLAS, TX--(Marketwired - Jul 6, 2016) -

  • New feature connects app users to nearby safe trading places
  • Suggested locations include police stations, public safety centers
  • S.E.A.L. initiative demonstrates 5miles' commitment to ensuring secure transactions, empowering consumer safety, and encouraging more communities to create safe zones

5miles, the leading local marketplace app in the U.S., announced that it has launched the first fully-integrated "Safe Exchange Area Locator" in the mobile commerce industry. The new safe trading location finder, which 5miles has incorporated into the app's popular chat feature, helps people -- buyers and sellers alike -- find, at their fingertips, the nearest, safest places in their community to meet up to transact. 

As one of the most-downloaded shopping apps for Android and iOS devices, 5miles has grown into a community of more than eight million members, facilitating tens of millions of dollars in transactions daily. With millions of monthly active users around the country, real-world safety is a top priority for 5miles, particularly in light of safety concerns with online marketplaces like Craigslist, where consumer reports and news stories of criminal activity have become common. 

"5miles always has put a real premium on our users' safety and security," said Dr. Lucas Lu, founder and CEO of 5miles. "Adding a safe exchange area locator to our in-app messaging system means that not only will online conversations be kept private, but buyers and sellers also now can have greater peace of mind knowing that offline transactions can be made at a convenient, safe trading spot of their choice."

In addition to showing existing safe exchange areas based on their proximity to users, 5miles provides safety guidelines in its online Help Center. The company also is intent on working with cities and towns to create new safe exchange areas in even more communities across the U.S. When conducting transactions:

  • Insist on meeting at a public place
  • Don't go alone
  • Meet during daylight hours
  • Tell a friend or family member where and whom you'll be meeting
  • Take your cell phone with you

5miles is the first app of its kind to give offer users a full-category, hyper-local marketplace experience with access to a variety of goods as well as services, housing and jobs: real items from real people in real time -- all within five miles. 

Learn more about 5miles at 5milesapp.com. For a list of designated safe exchange areas, visit 5milesapp.com/info/seal. To become a S.E.A.L. partner, contact seal@5milesapp.com.

About 5miles
5miles is a hyper-local, free to download mobile marketplace app, one of the nation's fastest-growing online shopping ventures available in all major markets across the United States. It is the first app of its kind to include services, housing and jobs, in addition to second-hand trading. 5miles launched in Dallas in January 2015, setting itself apart with an easy-to-use mobile interface, identity verification capabilities for added safety and security, and hyper-local curation of offerings -- all within 5miles. In its first year or so of operation, buyers and sellers in major markets coast-to-coast have transacted more than $2 billion in merchandise through 5miles. The app is ranked routinely as a top 10 shopping app on Google Play and boasts a growing adoption rate with iOS users via the App Store. Learn more at 5milesapp.com

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