A number of residential properties have recently been found to have white marks left on the gateposts. In the past this has been a technique used by criminals to identify properties to which they later return and commit offences of burglary and theft.
This sort of 'targeting' is evidence of organised crime and usually committed by offenders who travel around an area (sometimes overtly with a legitimate facade) seeking to identify houses and other buildings to which they can later return to steal property.
Please be aware of this type of criminal behaviour.
You can protect your property and reduce the opportunity for criminals by considering the following:
Keep windows and doors closed and locked whether you are in or out
Make sure you lock your doors and windows every night
Fit key operated locks to all windows
Fit good quality deadlocks to all external doors
Install movement sensor lights outside your home
Install a CCTV system. (A digital system would probably cost less than you think)
Use light timer switches to illuminate your home
Have a chain and spy hole on the front door to stop unwanted people from entering your home
Fit a letterbox restrictor to stop hook and cane offences where people steal keys through letter boxes
Keep keys out of view but in an accessible place for a quick exit
Fit a burglar alarm and if you already have one ensure you check it is working at least annually
Ask all callers for identification (IF IN DOUBT – KEEP THEM OUT)
Place a number of locks on sheds and garages
Report any suspicious behaviour to the Police
Don't worry - just be vigilant and report anything that you feel is suspicious or might be useful to the Police.
If you have any information relating to this incident or find any similar marks on your property you can contact the Police on 101.
If you prefer you can call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111. This information is confidential and an increasing number of arrests are a result of information received by this service.