A police officer stole bicycles in broad daylight while wearing a skeleton suit to show just how easy it is for a thief.
PCSO Neil Spiring, of Avon and Somerset Police, used bolt croppers and brute force to ‘steal’ four bikes in Bristol city centre, reports the BBC.
One time, he even wore an attention-grabbing skeleton outfit yet more than 50 people walked past and saw him, but nobody called 999.
The force filmed his ‘crimes’ and posted the footage on YouTube to encourage members of the public to call 999 if they see a crime.
Insp Keith Rundle said: We’re not suggesting that anyone become a ‘have-a-go hero’ but we’re asking people to call 999 and report bike theft as soon as they see it happening so we can catch the bike thieves in the act.
We are constantly on the lookout for bike thieves but we also need the community to be vigilant and to call us if they see a crime happening.
The faster you let us know the more likely we are to be able to catch the thief.
The stunt was conducted as part of Operation Relentless which is being run by the force this autumn.