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The cardboard cutout cop — there’s psychology there!

It was the unlikely solution to bike theft, first reported this week by the Metro and soon making headlines around the country: MBTA Transit Police created two life-sized cardboard cutouts of a real-life police officer, then placed them inside two busy bike rack cages at Alewife Station.

And just like that, bike theft decreased by 67 percent.

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