The overwhelming majority of shopgig users are trustworthy and well-meaning.
With billions of human interactions, the incidence of violent crime related to shopgig is extremely low.
Millions of violent crimes occur in the U.S. each year: 10,000+ homicides, 600,000+ robberies, 5 million assaults.
Vanishingly few of these are shopgig-related.
Nevertheless, please 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, bank, or shopping center. Do not meet in a secluded place, or invite strangers into your home. Be especially careful buying/selling high value items. 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 helps make craigslist safer for everyone.
For more information about personal safety online, check out these resources: