IN a bid to cut crime, police in England and Wales have deployed cardboard officers in petrol stations and shops.
Police figures show that forces across the United Kingdom have spent more than £20,000 on the flat-pack PCs.
West Midlands police said it had ordered 80 cardboard constables at a cost of just over £10,000 (AU$22,433). In Derbyshire, £6,650 was spent over the past two years on a “substantial number” of cut-outs.
“The theory is that it creates the impression at first glance of a capable guardian being on site, which hopefully also reduces the perception of fear of crime,” said a Derbyshire police spokesman.
A survey using the Freedom of Information Act revealed that 13 forces in England and Wales have used cardboard officers.
Essex police said it spent £760 on eight cut-outs. They have been deployed in petrol stations, to deter drivers from speeding away without paying for their fuel, and also in shops to discourage shoplifting.
The force would not reveal precisely where the cut-outs have been placed because “to release locations is likely to jeopardise the success of the trials”.
The article in the paper is well worth the read, it goes on about how much has been spent in other places as well, mind-blowing the amount of money this is costing. I don’t know if I believe this actually works. Maybe at first if you walk into a shop, but surely the minute you are right inside you would know it was only cardboard. Is it this easy to stop someone from stealing? Oh, and it also states in the article, that some of the cardboard cut outs have been stolen. 😆
And in America.