BURGLARS USING SYMBOLS CODING TO TARGET VICTIMS – Police in Manchester believe they have uncovered the meaning behind a spate of chalk symbols appearing on homes where they have been victims of crime; or indeed if they are about to be targeted.
The symbols, pictured below, have revealed a disturbing trend among criminals as they attempt to give other criminals inside information as to whether a particular house is worth breaking into or not and even the risks involved.
Police say the coded chalk symbols are disturbing as they are letting other criminals have inside information; for the want of a better term.
The chalk marks have been dubbed the Da Pinci Code and is a disturbing sign that criminals are making the targeting of property easier. Police stated that one of the most disturbing symbols was that of the ‘open book’ which detailed that a ‘vulnerable female’ resides at the premises.
This particular symbol opens up the possibility that not only involves burglary but also possible sexual assault.
Alongside this symbol are the two overlapping rectangles which, according to police, means that the residents are nervous and afraid; leading police to think that these often mean elderly residents.
Police are now talking to a number of residents that reported having symbols drawn on their walls and are distributing leaflets giving detailed information on the meanings of such symbols.
According to police these symbols have been spotted in other parts of Britain and residents should take careful note of any that they might find, photograph them, remove them and report in the incident to the police.
With crime rates in many inner cities still on the rise the police and local authorities are asking residents to become ever more vigilant and report any suspicious activities.
It has not yet been established how this particular trend started but authorities and police are worried that this type of information could lead to more burglaries as the information helps criminals to target wealthy and vulnerable people.