Why is police “crime scene” tape almost always upside down in news photos and videos?
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Sgt. Tim Burrows of Toronto Police Traffic Services replies: Funny enough, we recently had a crash scene cordoned off and, after an hour, our officers had to go around flipping the crime scene tape because a woman who tried to go under it said she couldn’t read it upside down. Apparently, the answer to the mystery of upside-down police tape is that Toronto Police buys left-handed tape since it’s cheaper than right-handed tape. As we likely have more right-handed officers than left, it often goes up backwards and upside down. It just goes to show that even seemingly jobs, like putting up crime scene tape, have their challenges. Email your non-mechanical questions to Eric Lai at firstname.lastname@example.org.