Friday, March 8, 2013

How Can ANYONE Be This Stupid?

Small Dead Animals pointed me to this amazing (and not in a good way) account from March 5, 2013 BBC:
Hundreds of pom-poms and knitted items have been strung from trees and lampposts to help reduce the fear of crime in an area of Leicester.
Leicestershire Police hope the "guerilla knitting" or "yarn bombing" will encourage more people to use Bede Park and Great Central Way.
Some of the park's users told BBC Radio Leicester the items - including tree warmers - do not make them feel safer.
But criminologist Charlotte Bilby said they could have a positive effect.
'Something silly'
Ms Bilby, a senior lecturer in criminology at Northumbria University, said: "I think that making an area look cosier certainly makes an area feel safer."If you see something that makes you smile, that makes you think that other people have enjoyed being in that space and have done something funny, something silly in that place, then that's going to change your perception about what it is to be in Bede Park."
Sgt Simon Barnes said: "I am really hopeful that the actions will reduce the fear of becoming a victim of crime, as the perception really is much different to the actual reported levels of crime."
Oh yes, knitted items in the trees will definitely make everyone feel safer.  As one of the comments at Small Dead Animals observed:
And to think we laughed at mediaeval peasants for having worn garlic cloves around their necks to ward off vampires.

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