David Holmes, criminal psychologist
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'Staring eyes are anxiety-provoking'

A poster of a pair of staring eyes has reduced the number of bicycles stolen from some bike racks by more than 60%, researchers at Newcastle University have found.

The scheme has been so successful, a version of it is being tried out by British Transport Police.

Criminal psychologist David Holmes told the BBC being put off by a hard stare is an evolutionary trait hard-wired into all animals.

  • 24 Apr 2013
  • From the section UK
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