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LAPD Cashes In On Zombie Trend With Campy 'Walking Dead'-Inspired PSA

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The LAPD has jumped on the "Walking Dead" bandwagon, and it's oh-so cheesy -- the police department's Northeast Division has produced a new PSA starring zombies.

Entitled "Invasion of the Zombie Bandits," the campy seven-minute video -- proof that people will watch any damn thing with zombies in it -- shows walking corpses taking over a street and breaking into parked cars, stealing iPads and other assorted personal belongings.

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Then comes the couple in their living room. A man sits happily ensconced in the living room, until he realizes he left something in the car. He yells to call 911, screaming about his "baby" (the iPad). Please note that he happens to be reading "Fifty Shades of Grey," which makes this whole thing even better.

Cut to a couple of LAPD officers rolling up in a black-and-white.

“Awesome, zombies!” one declares.

It's spectacularly bad, but that's what makes it so good. This continues for several minutes.

The off-beat mini-movie encourages Angelenos to stop leaving cellphones, tablets, purses and anything else that might be worth a five-finger discount lying in plain sight in their cars. Their motto: "Lock it, Hide it, Keep it."

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Police Captain Jeffrey Bert gets serious about halfway into the video. Bert explains that more than 400 vehicles are burglarized every week in the city of Los Angeles, and the best way to fight the crimes is to prevent them by removing temptation. Now that the holiday season is upon us, the loot found sitting on car seats could be even more enticing to thieves.

Bert's division covers an area that includes Silver Lake, Highland Park, Eagle Rock and Mount Washington.

Is a zombie video the best use of police time? Maybe; maybe not. Cashing in on pop culture could pay off and help spread the message the LAPD has been trying to circulate. One thing is certain, though: It's a great way to entertain us.