HARLINGEN — One of the new trends in keeping communities safe is not only predicting where crime will occur but being proactive in stopping it.

That’s what Police Chief Jeffry Adickes said yester-day when he unveiled the Harlingen Police Depart-ment’s new community education initiative.

Three parking spots have been designated as a “Community Safe Zone” within the police depart-ment parking lot.

It is a proactive step in crime prevention and keeping the community safe, Adickes said.

The purpose of the safe zone is to create a desig-nated area where citizens can safely meet when items are being bought and sold through websites such as Craigslist or other online markets or any other legal in-person transactions.

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