Here’s a really interesting idea for fighting crime that shows how dumb and cowardly petty thieves are.
A new study out of Newcastle University found that potential criminals get freaked out by a photo of someone’s eyes.
For the study, researchers put a poster of a man’s eyes above some of the bike racks on campus.
The poster had the slogan, "We are watching you."
And they found the bike racks with the eyes above them had 62% fewer thefts than the bike racks without the poster.
In fact, thieves clearly gravitated to the bike racks without the poster, because the thefts from those racks went up 63%.
The researchers say this works because it’s human nature to "care what other people think about us, and as a result we behave better when we [think] we’re being observed."