The roll-out of an initiative to help tackle robberies at cash machines and a renewed pledge to work with the mobile phone operators to meet their target of blocking stolen phones were announced today by the Home Office Minister Vernon Coaker.Yes, that's right. Paint some lines on the ground and no one will cross them and mug you. Only minor flaw is that it's bollocks.
Joint guidance will be issued today on cash machine 'privacy spaces'. These are an inexpensive, practical, and highly effective method of reducing thefts from people as they withdraw money at ATMs. Consisting of a marked out box on the pavement around bank machines, the spaces are designed to give people privacy as they use the machines.
It seems to be predicated on this English stereotype that we all have a tendency to follow social rules even if we're willing to break criminal law. Thus, paint a box with yellow lines, and even the most die hardened criminal will think twice about the social embarrassment of crossing into it.
Not if he wants to score some smack he won't.