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Magpies and Crime Prevention

Posted by Big Boo on February 17th, 2009

There’s something I’ve noticed on TV programmes and films.  Maybe you’ve noticed it too?  How many times have you seen somebody go and visit somebody else, and walk straight into their house through the front door, which strangely isn’t locked and doesn’t even need a key to open it?

Soap operas are usually the worst offenders for this, and I remember Neighbours being a particularly good example of it back in the 1980’s, which was when I used to watch it regularly.

What does this have to do with magpies and crime prevention?“, I hear you cry.  Well, my wife reminded me of an old public information film from the early 1980’s which featured a tiding of magpies (yep, apparently a group of magpies is called a tiding).  Said magpies descended upon a neat suburban home which was obviously occupied by idiots, as they had gone out and left all the windows open and the front door was left ajar and didn’t even have a lock on it.

The message of this film was therefore, unsurprisingly, lock your doors and windows fool!  Check it out below…

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