Suburban police department adds parking spots to help keep online selling safe

AURORA, Ill. -- If you’re buying and selling goods online or through social media, when it comes time to make the deal, you want to make sure you’re smart about when and where you do it.

Too many times, law enforcement only learns about the internet deal that went bad after it’s too late. These days, some police departments are trying something new to head off a crime.

The Aurora Police Department has added spots in their parking lot dedicated to people buying and selling goods online.

Surveillance cameras are pointed at the designated parking spots 24/7. There are double lights overhead for nighttime transactions and officers are just inside if you need them.

The approach being adopted by police departments all over the country including in other suburbs like Northbrook, Plainfield and St. Charles.

As for the Aurora Police Department, it hasn’t seen an internet transaction happen on the property yet, but the station’s website has had almost a half a million hits in the first few days of posting about  the new signs.