Police in Dundee have come up with an unusually lazy way of fighting crime, by parking an empty police car on a street for a day in the hope that it would deter ne'er-do-wells.
The fully marked Vauxhall Zafira was left parked on double yellow lines on Dens Road, near the city centre, for around 20 hours. Its appearance at around midnight on Monday confused locals, as there were no police officers to be seen in the area.
One local resident told thetele.co.uk: "It has been there since at least midnight, but I've not seen any cops.
"I've seen it parked there all day, but not seen any police at all.
"It was parked on a double yellow, so I suppose they think they can do what they like."
It was only after thetele.co.uk contacted the local constabulary that the vehicle was moved on, with the driver arriving in a second marked police car. A force spokesman later confirmed that the car had been left there for the purposes of crime prevention.
City councilor Kevin Keenan, who sits on the committee overseeing police activity in the area, criticised the exercise: "I think there's no substitute for people seeing the police walking along the streets - that's what the general public wants to see.
"Perhaps there's a surplus of police cars and I did hear the number of officers leaving the force had risen, so maybe there's a shortage of staff?"
A spokeswoman for Police Scotland, Tayside Division, said: "Police Scotland continues to provide a visible presence in the communities of Tayside, whether officers are on patrol or by the use of marked police vehicles, in order to deter, disrupt and detect criminality and keep people safe."