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Stickers and Stones... Has My House Been Marked For Burglary?!

Date: 24 August 2023

Have you seen something strange and asked yourself: "Has my house been marked for burglary?!" This is the “Da Pinchi code” explained...

For years, social media and tabloids have reported chalk or spray marks as signs left by thieves to identify potential targets. There have also been reports of stones arranged in certain ways or painted. Even different marks to indicate desirable dogs for stealing!

The picture below was posted by the Lanarkshire Police Division with the heading of “Breaking the Code”.

As it turns out, most of these signs have much less scary meanings. They’re usually left by the council or utility companies - more roadworks than robbers! There is no proof to show that thieves are using a visible code to mark targets on the roads or pavements. But...

Has my house been marked for burglary?

Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean your property hasn't been marked for burglary. We know that thieves stake out areas for properties to break into. It’s just that they're more likely to use social media and other technology to remind them where their targets are. Which means you still need to be on your guard!

Cold calls with offers to do work on your house or garden can be a trick to get a look around your property. Here's what to do...

  • Say a firm “No, thank you” to these callers.
  • Don't give them any information or excuses, just close the door.
  • Get rid of them quickly. This is no time to be worried about looking rude!
  • If you feel intimidated or unsafe, call the police.

Once they're gone, look to see if they've left any markers. Stickers on bins have been reported, so check them closely. If you find anything, remove it immediately. If you live in an area with a Neighbourhood Watch Group, report it to them.

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The best way to beat the burglars - think like a thief!

The best way to assess your property for potential weaknesses is to see it through the eyes of a burglar. If you tried to gain entry to your house, what would you do? Which way would you try to get in?

The trouble is, most of us don't think about breaking into houses! It’s difficult to know everything the bad guys are looking for - and missing something could be a terrible mistake. Only an industry expert can make a full survey of your property. They’ll have the experience needed to cover every angle and identify any weak points in your security.

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Essex Police recommend you only deal with companies that are affiliated to the National Security Inspectorate (NSI) or Security Systems and Alarms Inspection Board (SSAIB).

Blake Fire & Security are SSAIB and NSI Gold accredited. So you know you can trust us to keep your precious home and family safe! Based in Southend-on-Sea, we've been in business for over 25 years. We have the experience needed to beat the burglars and a long list of happy customers to prove it!

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