Company pitches decoy cop cars

| 4/25/2008

A company based in Sacramento, CA, is hoping to sell police decoys.

The Sacramento CBS News television affiliate reported that the company National Police Presence is hoping police departments will pay nearly $13,000 each for vehicles that look exactly like their squad cars, but don’t have engines, doors, transmissions or finished interiors.

The idea is that police can tow a decoy to locations where they think the mere presence of a police vehicle will deter crime or slow down speeders, thus freeing up officers to respond elsewhere.

One detractor says that, in an emergency, someone might run to the decoy for help – only to discover it’s an empty shell.