Bike thefts down after installation of cardboard cop at Boston train station

Posted on: 4:25 pm, August 6, 2013, by , updated on: 03:22pm, August 6, 2013


BOSTON — A poster board of a real life MBTA officer has been stopping crime at Boston’s Alewife T station.

“At first glimpse, you want to say how silly it is that a cut-out of a cop would have an impact on crime,” said Deputy Chief, Robert Lenehan.

The poster board replica went on duty one month ago. The MBTA said bike thefts are down 67% because of it.

The MBTA said it’s saving thousands of dollars to have the officer cut-out compared to a real officer patrolling the bike cage.

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