At a subway station in Cambridge, Massachusetts, bike thefts are down now that a big, burly officer stands guard over a bike rack. But on second take, he’s not really an officer at all: it’s a life-sized cardboard cutout of local officer David Silen.
“Deputy Chief Robert Lenehan says the fake cop, along with video cameras and a new lock, has cut bike thefts by 67 percent,” the Miami Herald reports.
It must be intimidating to approach a bike rack and find yourself face-to-face with a giant piece of cardboard. Just imagine what other scary packing materials like bubble wrap and Styrofoam peanuts could do!
The effort saves the police department money, as Lenehan says it would cost $200,000 to have an officer watch over the cage full time.
Don’t worry bike thieves. Even if you were to get busted by the cardboard cop, the worst that could happen is he’d lock you in paper handcuffs and you’d be hauled away in a UPS truck.