SAN ANGELO, TX — Using the parking lot at the San Angelo Police Department for swapping items or dropping off and picking up children isn't new. But the two designated parking spaces to do that in, are. It's another way the department says they want to keep citizens safe.

The spaces will be open to the public for those exchanges starting on July 20th. The area will be well lit and monitored by cameras at all times.

If for some reason you can't meet at the police station here are a few other tips to stay safe.

-Always meet in a public space like a parking lot that's well-lit and under surveillance.

-Don't go alone. Bring a friend or family member with you.

-Let others know where you're going, when you're going, and what you're doing before you meet someone.

-Don't ever meet at your home or at night.

-Trust your gut. If it doesn't feel right, leave.

The police department is located at 401 E. Beauregard.