by Debbie Burke
Today’s True Crime Thursday offers a collection of catchy slogans meant to raise public awareness of various crimes. Some advertising campaigns address crime in general:
“If you don’t have money for bail you should stay out of jail.”
Or specifically, in anti-drunk driving mottos:
“You booze, you cruise, you lose!”
“Drive Hammered. Get Slammered.”
Crimes of violence: “Let’s cut out knife crime.”
“Slavery. Still happening today.”
Sexual assault: “No consent + Sex = Rape”
The war on drugs spawned perhaps more slogans than any other crime. Samples include:
“Just Say No.”
“Drugs cost you more than just money.”
“No drug user grows old; because they die young.”
“Smoke fast and die young.”
“Don’t Meth Around.”
Last November, South Dakota proudly unveiled a new campaign against methamphetamine that cost nearly a half-million dollars:
The message caused an uproar…of laughter, probably not the effect the promoters hoped for.
Some slogans work. Others, ahh, not so much.
TKZers: What crime slogan sticks in your memory? The best? The worst?