World of the Bizarre
Crime reducing cardboard policeman is stolen
By T.K. Randall
September 29, 2012 · 22 comments
Image Credit: CC 2.0 Southbanksteve
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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