Britain’s cardboard cop cuts shoplifting by 75 percentAugust 11th, 2012 - 7:19 pm ICT by IANS
London, Aug 11 (IANS) The life-size cut-out of a police officer guarding a supermarket in Britain has been so effective that shoplifting has been slashed by 75 percent.
The cardboard cop, nicknamed PC Boardman and based on a real officer, was placed at the entrance and aisles of Asda in Leigh last October, the Daily Mail reported Saturday.
Unwitting customers have even tried to have a chat with their new local policeman before realising it is a fake.
Real officers still visit the store and the force claims it has freed up their time to deal with crime elsewhere, according to the newspaper.
The work is part of a pilot scheme and is to be rolled out across Greater Manchester.
The force recently announced it is axing 290 frontline jobs as it tries to save 135 million pounds by 2015.
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