MBTA using cardboard cutout cop to scare potential thieves
Fighting crime with a cardboard cut-out of a police officer?
Authorities say its new strategy is helping cut down the amount of crime and thefts.
"It's a concept where the visual presence of police, even if a cardboard cutout, can help drive down crime," Deputy Robert Lenehan with the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority police said.
Hanging around the cage at the Alewife T Station is a cutout of Officer David Silen, who says he isn't sure why he was picked for the "double duty."
The MBTA says bike thefts are down about half year compared to last. They credit surveillance cameras, a locked cage and cardboard cop.
Silen says the split second a thief takes to glance at the cutout is enough to discourage them.
Stationing an officer at the location full-time year round would cost around $200,000.
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