Boston Cops Use Cardboard Cutout to Deter Crime

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The recent Kim Kardashian baby fake-out? Quite lame.

But the new Boston police officer fake-out? Genius!

Yes, the force in this famous city has found an inexpensive, effectual way to deter crime such as bicycle theft, positioning the cardboard cutout of an officer in at least one location in Alewife.

Says an officer of the plan and execution:

"Creating the visual presence of police, even if it's a virtual type presence - a cardboard cutout, signage - can potentially in the short term help drive down crime."

The cutout has actually proven to be a deterrent - and a cheap one at that. Stationing a cop year-round at a location costs the city about $200,000 per year.