Because there isn't enough crime going on in Somerset and Avon, the police there have resorted to stealing bikes to instill a fear of being a victim in the publichttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-bristol-20248535
A police force has filmed an officer "stealing" bicycles in full public view to show "just how easy" it is for a thief to get away unchallenged.
PCSO Neil Spiring, of Avon and Somerset Police, used bolt croppers and brute force to 'steal' four bikes.
To further highlight his staged activity the officer at one point dressed in a skeleton outfit.
The force said it wanted to encourage members of the public to call 999 as soon as they saw a crime taking place.
According to UK crime statistics, there are less than 100 robberies a month for the entire Avon and Somerset area. This includes but is not limited to bikes, it is the total amount of robberies which do not require a break-in (which is a burgalry) or mugging (which is a violent crime).