If you have noticed something strange around your home, do not ignore it! Read on for Burglar Markings Explained – Is your home safe, to see if you’re awaiting an attack.
So recently I have noticed alot of articles popping through my emails about burglar markings on properties. This is something that very rarely happens in my area however in large cities, I have come to realise after some research that, pre burglar attack markings are still happening. We may not hear much about it in the news at the moment but it’s something that needs to be addressed. Chances are if you are not aware of any pre burglar markings or features, then a burglary could potentially happen in your home. All information in this article is sourced from news websites and is written to help you identify if your home has been marked.
Pre burglar markings have been happening for many years now so it’s nothing new that they are happening today. From stickers to chalk symbols, burglars are communicating between themselves, ensuring homes are able to break into or not. Such a scary thought that this can be happening in your area. But why do burglars do it? Why do they feel the need to communicate between each other, planning an attack on our homes? It seems that burglars now are far from stupid and infact are alot more cleaver and creative than we think. Leaving messages and symbols outside somebody’s home is what I like to call a ‘network’. It’s a form of communication to tell eachother if a home is either Okay to burgle, too risky or the house is alarmed. But how to people know these things without actually being in your home?
Burglars can plan their attack weeks before they commit a crime. This is done by monitoring your home for daily tasks or unusual changes in your normal routine. They will figure out your working hours, what times and days you leave in the evenings and, if your unfortunate enough to be burgled by somebody who knows you well, they may see you are on away from home via social media. It is important that you do no advertise you are away from your home as this gives Burglars optimum chance for an attack.
There are a few different types of burglar markings to look out for when looking around your home. Some methods are Chalk symbols, stickers or spray paint shapes. Burglars steel anything from valuable items within the home to your friendly loving family dog! Different methods of marking are used for different items.
Chalk burglar markings
These chalk markings range from thin to thick and can range from one symbol up to around 8. Depending on what burglars are looking to steel, different markings are used to let others know the vulnerability of the home. Having high security will be marked as a D sign with a small horizontal line through the back of the D itself. ‘X’ Marks the spot – an X sign means the home is a good target.
Below is an image of the different chalk markings and what they all mean.
So as you can see there are around 8 different types of marks to look out for. Each are different from each other so should be easy to figure out which one means what.
The main markings are:
Already been burgled
Nothing worth stealing
Nurvous and afraid
vulnerable female or easy conned
Below is another image that has been sourced from the Lancarkshire Police Division Facebook page:
If you do see any of these symbols it is important to contact your local police.
It may be worth you checking your home quickly once every few days if you know this is happening and again, if you feel unsafe you must contact your local police. Be sure to check both the front of the house and the back as well as driveway’s, posts and doors. Signs could be small or large depending how discreet the burglars are. The symbols will usually be in white and may appear more than once. As before, I wanted to inform you of the different types of symbols to look out for when looking for burglar chalk markings. If you live in an area where you know this form of attack happens it may be worth looking for a secondary form of security for your home if you haven’t got one already. Just contact your local locksmith who can advise you.
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