Cardboard Cutouts Of Police Officers Are More Effective At Reducing Crime Than Gun Control


Cardboard cutout of MBTA Police Officer David SilenThe burly officer watching over the bike racks at a Boston-area transportation hub is a real stiff. As part of an effort to cut crime at the Alewife MBTA subway and bus station in Cambridge Massachusetts, transit police placed a cardboard cutout of a police officer in the bicycle cage. Hundreds of people use the racks daily.

Deputy Chief Robert Lenehan says the fake cop, along with video cameras and a new lock, has cut bike thefts by 67 percent. It’s also a money saver. Lenehan estimates it would cost $200,000 a year to have an officer watch over the cage full-time. The cutout is actually a picture of real MBTA Officer David Silen.


Silen says the split second thieves take to glance at the cutout is enough to discourage them.

Check out the video here.

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  • TrevorLyman

    A scarecrow that works on humans!

    • binaryloop

      True! I never thought of that. The beautiful part is it saves taxpayers $200k / yr.

      We should put these everywhere.

      • peck2

        I don’t put them everywhere, but there are plenty at my shooting range.

      • Kevin Sun

        Then somebody getting attacked runs for the police officer only to find that it’s a fake…

  • ctlovesnathanhale

    The camera is the scary part for a thief, not a fat piece of cardboard. If there was no camera, I would steal the cardboard.