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Police reveal symbols used by
burglars to help fellow criminal
target rich and vulnerable homes
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The secret language of crime:
Police reveal symbols used by
burglars to help fellow criminal
target rich and vulnerable homes

Daily Mail [UK], by Sam Webb

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/9/2013 4:37:30 PM

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.

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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...]

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: whyyeseyec, 1/9/2013 4:42:19 PM     (No. 9107613)

My home is posted with the follow - Homeowner Shoots to Kill.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: MissMann, 1/9/2013 4:56:06 PM     (No. 9107648)

Why don´t we all go out and put an x with a circle around in on our front gate?



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Reply 3 - Posted by: MattMusson, 1/9/2013 4:56:38 PM     (No. 9107650)

Jack Webb showed us this approach on the old TV series DRAGNET from the 1960´s.

He really did.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Sailbad the sinner, 1/9/2013 4:58:37 PM     (No. 9107658)

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.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: lazlototh, 1/9/2013 5:01:51 PM     (No. 9107664)

#4, I think an outline of a handgun discharging at the outline of the perpetrator would be helpful. I suspect in the UK you´d get arrested for that but not here.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: shamus, 1/9/2013 5:04:13 PM     (No. 9107668)

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.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: Coy860, 1/9/2013 5:05:34 PM     (No. 9107669)

#5 ..5 year olds are expelled from school for drawing pictures of guns.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: mambo 5, 1/9/2013 5:05:46 PM     (No. 9107670)

I am putting a photo of Biden and Obama with a slash through the O on Obama on my front fence post!

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Reply 9 - Posted by: PageTurner, 1/9/2013 5:09:22 PM     (No. 9107677)

Get a load of this - the Southern Security System:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=462696480453335&set=a.330712706985047.76118.315294691860182&type=1&theater

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Reply 10 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 1/9/2013 5:16:21 PM     (No. 9107687)

Didn´t see a symbol for armed and trigger happy.

Best defense:
Tell neighborhood gossip you are armed and willing to shoot.
Set the alarm off every week.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: veritas, 1/9/2013 5:24:02 PM     (No. 9107701)

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.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: DavidIams, 1/9/2013 6:16:54 PM     (No. 9107797)

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

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Reply 13 - Posted by: udanja99, 1/9/2013 6:19:15 PM     (No. 9107800)

For a long time we had a human outline target full of bullet holes left over from an afternoon at the range hanging on our front door. The inscription we added said, "Any questions?".

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Reply 14 - Posted by: Judith, 1/9/2013 6:25:31 PM     (No. 9107807)

Over here we use the irs and congress for that activity.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: thewarden, 1/9/2013 6:30:36 PM     (No. 9107813)

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!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: Bobn.T, 1/9/2013 6:49:46 PM     (No. 9107842)

Paint a handgun image on your curb.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: Italiano, 1/9/2013 6:56:34 PM     (No. 9107848)

I have a sticker on the front window: "Steal here, die here."

No problems so far.



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Reply 18 - Posted by: tisHimself, 1/9/2013 6:57:51 PM     (No. 9107850)

shell casings near the back and front door

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Reply 19 - Posted by: lauraw, 1/9/2013 7:28:38 PM     (No. 9107907)

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.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: thelmalou, 1/9/2013 7:39:16 PM     (No. 9107917)

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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