Original article from Kent Live
A sign attached to a post in Margate reading “No crime 8am-6pm” has left the public bemused after it went viral on social media.
The notice, which is pictured opposite Winter Gardens concert and banqueting venue, appears to suggest crime is acceptable outside of these hours.
It bears a close resemblance to zone entry signs which restrict parking between certain hours.
Photos of the sign have been circulating on the internet for the last couple of years, leaving people baffled as to what it could possibly mean.
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It first appeared on Reddit two years ago and went viral again on Thursday when the popular Twitter account NoContextBrits posted a photo of the sign with the caption “Take that criminals.”
Many bemused users were quick to spot it was Margate.
Both Kent County Council and Thanet District Council told KentLive they did not install the sign and suggested it was a prank by a member of the public.
A quick google search shows that the yellow metal sign can be purchased from the site Redbubble for just over £40, and a closer inspection of the photo reveals the notice is attached with temporary zip ties, which further suggests it was the work of a prankster.
However, it looks like the mystery sign was actually the work of The Who’s Pete Doherty and the Putra Madres, who filmed a tour video in Margate back in 2019.
The music video for the ‘Who’s Been Having You Over’ tour shows a group of masked individuals in boiler suits placing unusual signs all over the town.
The guerrilla signs featured in the music video include one which reads “this is not a sign”, another that says “Brexodus,” and the infamous ‘no crime’ sign which went viral.
Unfortunately, it seems pretty likely this was just a music video stunt, but there’s plenty of other odd road signs across Kent to keep us amused.
From Sexburga Drive in Sheerness, to Snodhurst Bottom in Chatham, Kent isn’t short of weird and wonderful road signs.