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Re: Police release image of marks used in targeted burglaries

by Denwand » Thu May 23, 2019 7:00 am


I'm happy to report (last time I checked)

All umbrellas safely in their place!


Re: Police release image of marks used in targeted burglaries

by Community Editor » Wed May 22, 2019 10:40 am

Hi Denwand, just checking in. Did the dirty burglars get their hands on your umbrella?  Has the mysterious sign been removed?  😂 Thank you for your posts and for your sense of humour! Our NVN community certainly know how to have a laugh!

Have a great day!

Re: Police release image of marks used in targeted burglaries

by Denwand » Mon May 20, 2019 9:24 am

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Dear NVN

just seen this sign put up outside my house

Since I own an umbrella I think it's burglars trying to target me as,,

"An older person who struggles with umbrella" or

"Someone with piles of cash lives here"

Should I call the Police?


Re: Police release image of marks used in targeted burglaries

by Denwand » Sat May 18, 2019 5:30 am


You've been HOAXED!    :D

According to the following BBC story; ... r-35337747
 A series of painted symbols often claimed to help burglars target homes are in fact "innocent and explainable," police have said.South Worcestershire Police said it was aware of social media messages circulating describing the "Da Pinchi Code" - a criminals' code of paint or chalk markings outside properties.West Mercia Police said signs indicated work planned by utility firms.There is no evidence to link these symbols to anything else, it said."We are aware of messages circulating again on social media purporting to be describing the 'criminals code' of paint or chalk markings left outside properties, identifying future potential targets for thieves and burglars," said a spokesman."However, there is no actual evidence to link these symbols to anything other than completely innocent and easily explainable activities."

Anyway do you honestly believe that the selfish, opportunistic scum who burgle would bother marking up a neighbourhood for other ne'er-do-well thieves (who they don't know)  when they couldn't even be bothered to take the initiative to even get a proper job?

These "charmers" wouldn't lift a finger unless there was something in it for  themselves!  Image

Police release image of marks used in targeted burglaries

by Community Editor » Thu May 16, 2019 7:42 am

Police have released an image showing residents what to look out for if they think their property is being targeted by burglars.

Many burglars will mark either a gate or a wall to show other criminals, which houses are worth breaking into or stealing from.

The image posted on Twitter (below) gives a breakdown of the most common signs to look out for.

These markings are usually very small and most of the time not easily seen if you don't know what you are looking for.

Lock your doors and windows every time you leave the house, even when you're just out in the garden, remembering to double-lock UPVC doors (lift handle and turn key).

Hide all keys, including car keys, out of sight and away from the letterbox (remember a device could be used to hook keys through the letterbox).

Install a visual burglar alarm (as part of a suite of prevention measures - a burglar alarm on its own will not prevent entry to your home).

Install good outside lighting.

Get a trusted neighbour to keep an eye on your property.

Leave radios or lights in your house on a timer to make the property appear occupied.

Make sure the fences around your garden are in good condition.

Secure bikes at home by locking them to an immoveable object inside a locked shed or garage.

Keep ladders and tools stored away; don't leave them outside where they could be used to break into your home.

Ensure side gates are locked to prevent access to the rear of the property.

Ensure rear fencing is in good repair.

Improve natural surveillance at the front of your property i.e. trim high hedges.

Mark your property with postcode and house number and register your property for free with Immobilise. Visit:

Consider joining or forming a Neighbourhood Watch scheme. Visit:

Remove valuables from view of ground floor windows.

Store any high value items (i.e. jewellery, passports) in a properly secured safe or bank vault.