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Crime reducing cardboard policeman is stolen

By T.K. Randall
September 29, 2012 · Comment icon 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.

Source: Telegraph | Comments (22)

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Comment icon #13 Posted by Junior Chubb 12 years ago
When I read 'cardboard policeman' I thought they mean't a Community support Officer had been stolen.
Comment icon #14 Posted by coldethyl 12 years ago
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 12 years ago
*Crime inducing.
Comment icon #16 Posted by Iron_Lotus 12 years ago
......a cardboard cop... to stop people from stealing.... *sigh* what cant afford to employ secret shoppers? this hurts my brain.
Comment icon #17 Posted by Darkwind 12 years ago
Who wouldn't want a cardboard policeman. I would steal one in a heart beat.
Comment icon #18 Posted by 27vet 12 years ago
Here where I live, a taxi crashed into a signboard urging taxi drivers to drive carefully.
Comment icon #19 Posted by spud the mackem 12 years ago
They use cardboard ones in Barnsley,because all trhe real ones have been abducted.
Comment icon #20 Posted by sam12six 12 years ago
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 #21 Posted by Eldorado 12 years ago
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 #22 Posted by spud the mackem 12 years ago
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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