"Community Safe Zone" monitored by police for sales transactions, child custody exchanges
The Edinburg Police Department is encouraging residents to use the city's 'Community Safe Zone'.
After several complaints, Edinburg police decided to create a designated meeting location at the department for item sale transactions or civil child custody exchanges.
"So, these two designated spots-- for community safe zone--they would park their cars right here," said Edinburg police officer Mario Rodriguez. "They would call the phone number on the sign and they'll let dispatch know, 'Hey, we are here. We are going to do a transaction.'"
The cameras on the perimeter of the building allow law enforcement to keep an eye on the meeting point. Rodriguez says the majority of the time, individuals don't take the necessary steps to make sure they aren't scammed.
"If they are reluctant to give you any kind of information, it's a red flag," said Rodriguez. "If they don't want to meet you in the police department parking lot, it's a red flag."
The initiative began right before the holidays, but Rodriguez says they want people to be aware the location is there for everyone's use.