Tired of seeing motorists speed through his neighborhood, retired police officer Bill Angus decided to do something clever: he put a bird feeder shaped like a speed camera at the edge of his property facing the road. And it works!
Since the bright yellow box - pictured right - went up, the number of drivers doing 60mph through the 30mph zone has come down. Mr Angus insists - without so much as a hint of a smile - that the effect on speeders is no more than a happy coincidence.
'Why does everyone think it's a fake speed camera?' he asked. 'It's a bird box and has been designed this way to stop people stealing it. It's a bright colour, too, to attract the blue tits and finches. 'Since I have put it up, the traffic is keeping to 30mph. If people want to think it is a camera, that is a matter for themselves.' [...]
Mr Angus said the domes on either side of his bird box were fake camera lenses to deter thieves, and the lamp on the front, which looks like a camera flash, was part of an old torch he used to plug a hole he 'accidentally' made.
He added: 'I'd been reading that people should put up bird boxes because of the cold winter. I'm a bit shocked people think it's a camera.'
Police added that there's no law against putting up "fake" speed cameras on private property: Link