HARLINGEN — Three parking spots have been designated as a “Community Safe Zone” within the Harlingen Police Department parking lot as a pro-active step in crime prevention and keeping the community safe.

The purpose of the safe zones is to create a designated area where residents can safely meet when buying items online from websites like Craigslist or any other legal in person transactions.

The safe zone can also be used for custody or child visitation exchange meeting point for both parents or other family members.

The “Community Safe Zone” is located in the front parking lot of the police department.

There are three parking spaces identified with bright yellow Community Safe Zone signs. The department encourages people who use them to limit their transactions to 15 minutes with the recommended hours being 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.