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Crime reducing cardboard policeman is stolen

Posted on Saturday, 29 September, 2012 | Comment icon 23 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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A cardboard policemen designed to stop people stealing from a supermarket has itself been stolen.

The life size cardboard cut-outs made headlines recently as a unique, cheap and creative method for deterring shoplifters at supermarkets in the UK. Despite being nothing more than the image of a policeman the cut-outs were aimed towards boosting the public's confidence, deterring criminals and making the police seem more approachable. Now the tables have turned as one of the cut-outs has not only been stolen but also paraded around on social networking sites in photographs of parties and other events.

"It is bizarre that someone would want to steal our cardboard copper PC Bobb," said a supermarket spokesman. "We'd got used to having him being around and hope he is returned in one piece."

"The model was stolen last Saturday evening and photos of it have appeared on social networking sites, including appearing at several house parties since being stolen from the shop in Shafton, Barnsley."

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Comment icon #14 Posted by coldethyl on 29 September, 2012, 20:01
I don't really see how he was much of a deterrent. Oh look out a cardboard cop, don't steal that candy bar! I feel sick, I'm going over to see the cardboard pharmacist (chemist). Just make the whole store cardboard with a website on the back where you can order the merchandise and solve the theft problem altogether.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Timonthy on 29 September, 2012, 20:06
*Crime inducing.
Comment icon #16 Posted by goodgodno on 29 September, 2012, 21:18
This antic has got "student" written all over it.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Iron_Lotus on 29 September, 2012, 21:33
......a cardboard cop... to stop people from stealing.... *sigh* what cant afford to employ secret shoppers? this hurts my brain.
Comment icon #18 Posted by Darkwind on 30 September, 2012, 3:34
Who wouldn't want a cardboard policeman. I would steal one in a heart beat.
Comment icon #19 Posted by 27vet on 30 September, 2012, 9:11
Here where I live, a taxi crashed into a signboard urging taxi drivers to drive carefully.
Comment icon #20 Posted by spud the mackem on 30 September, 2012, 9:30
They use cardboard ones in Barnsley,because all trhe real ones have been abducted.
Comment icon #21 Posted by sam12six on 30 September, 2012, 12:35
Related headlines: Last week in Denver, Colorado, 6 cardboard policemen shot and killed an unarmed cardboard box. Cardboard bodyguards have been shown to reduce bullying in high schools by 75%.
Comment icon #22 Posted by Eldorado on 30 September, 2012, 12:41
Who wouldn't want a cardboard policeman. I would steal one in a heart beat. Was on an Edinburgh pub crawl back in the 90's where one of my pals tried to "liberate" a cardboard Charlie Chaplin from outside a cafe (it was the menu board). Charlie sat with us for 5mins before he was recued by his owners.. who actually laughed instead of getting all serious.
Comment icon #23 Posted by spud the mackem on 30 September, 2012, 21:43
I guess they couldn't afford film for the C.C.T.V. Cameras,there is 5 in the Sainsbury's here ,and I always give them a wave,as they track you in.

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