Owen Sound police are creating a Safe Exchange Zone outside their station.
The initiative is becoming increasingly popular in communities all over Canada.
That's in part, because people are doing more transactions online and exchanging those goods in person.
A Safe Exchange Zone is a designated, marked area where people can meet without feeling unsafe or having to go into a stranger's home.
Police Community Service Officer Craig Peddle says, "It can be extremely complicated when you exchange goods or human beings, so what we want to do is provide a safe place where people can do that where they don't have any anxiety that something may happen to them."
Peddle notes, "It's also useful for dropping off or picking up children where there's a family law agreement, or a court ordered agreement "people in the community can come and exchange there, on camera, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year."
Peddle says the project will cost about $1,000 and should be up within the next month or so.
It will be located at the side of the police station at 922, 2nd Avenue West.
The OPP station in Kincardine created a Safe Exchange Zone earlier this year.
#COMINGSOON #CommunityPartners— OwenSoundPolice (@OwenSoundPolice) July 11, 2018
The Owen Sound Police Service will be introducing a permanent/exterior SAFE EXCHANGE ZONE in a designated on-camera area at the police station.
Meeting Point for goods sold, Family-Parent pick-up & drop-off
Safe Exchange... for a safer community pic.twitter.com/R0BEsaoThJ