Burglars are scrawling secret symbols in the street to help other criminals know which homes to target. The symbols may indicate that a home is wealthy, has already been burgled or may have nothing worth stealing. Chillingly, they may also indicate if there is a vulnerable female in the home, or if the occupant is nervous, afraid or easily duped. The meaning behind a number of the symbols has been deduced by officers. A simple ´X´ means the home is a good target, while the same symbol outlined with a circle means there is nothing worth stealing in the property.
Comments: I have seen similar symbols years ago when people were "allowed" on apartment property to hawk their wares. It is definitely something to be aware of, especially when you answer the door to a stranger...or not. [Now, some know where the guns are...]
I prefer the symbol that looks like the chalk outline police draw on the ground around dead bodies. This symbol indicates the last intruder got what was coming to him and the next one will as well. Sadly, in the UK, you won´t see such symbols due to a disarmed populace.
Some years ago I read a criminology study detailing what happened to burglars as a result of their crimes. The consequences were generally not that bad in 98% of all cases. In the remaining outcomes, half went to prison and half suffered gunshot wounds.
The Brits should use the symbols to set up bait houses, with shotgun-and-pistol-armed cops in and around the homes. Unfortunately, Britain has effectively outlawed rationality and civilization.
Serious comment -- in general, I´d advise giving potential and actual perps absolutely no information about what they will or won´t find in my home. Helping them define a situation is counter-productive. I practice the same: tell ´em nothing -- no signs, no stickers, no "sound of racking a shell into a shotgun" [puh-leeze!], nothing.
This business about signifying secret symbols on people´s houses goes back to the start of the 20th centurywhen hoboes would make a mark indicating the possiblity of good eats. Doubt it still prevails. David Iams
I agree it is best to keep everything secret. I´ve told my husband and son not to discuss our ´protection´. We are putting in cameras too but have not gotten ´permission´ from our HOA because we want them to be secret--that´s the whole point!
These markings have a much longer lineage; they were used by gypsies (Romany) for centuries to mark marks, as it were. Nothing new under the sun, as Ecclesiastes (what is is, 7th c. BC? don´t have time to look up) tells us.
My strategery is to make it more inconvenient for somebody to attack my home (and person) than it would be to just travel on down the road. Being wise (things like not leaving your garage doors open while you´re not outside, not opening the door to someone you don´t know, etc.) goes a long way towards keeping you safe.
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