How to think like a burglar

Burglars are professionals in their line of work. They spend weeks, months and sometimes even years scouting an area before they determine who their targets are. It is reported that these criminals often times live in the area, or work in the area.

Knowing the signs that you or your neighbours may be a potential target may help save you from becoming a victim of crime.

With these useful tips in mind, keep a close eye out and be mindful of the signs around you.

Unique “markings” “Z” – the letter Z painted onto a sign boards informs a gang of burglars that there are many potential targets in the area. If you see a small pile of stones in front of a home, this signals that there are dogs on the property. Two larger stones placed side-by-side means that the target is an elderly couple. Stones placed in a line indicates how many people are living on the property. Anything from a piece of paper to a cold drink can will be used as a marker. For example: A coke can lying on its side will signal to the criminal that the occupants of the home are able to defend themselves and they are home – a can lying on its side means someone is home. If placed upright it means that no-one is home.

Colour of “markings” RED: The colour red is usually used to indicate that the person / people within the home are able to defend themselves. This means that the burglars will need to be armed when going for their target home and, they will need to take precaution.

WHITE: The Colour white indicates an easy break-in and no weapons will be necessary. Look out for plastic bags hanging on the fence or around the perimeter.

GREEN: Green indicates the direction in which the burglars need to go when entering the area. A green bottle lying on its side shows the direction the criminals need to take for their next “marking”.

BLUE: Blue indicates that there is someone inside to offer assistance.

Always be vigilant and take the necessary precautions. No one will judge you for jumping around, kicking up stones and ripping off markers – even if the wind blew them there.

A dog’s bark can vary in tone and pitch. Get to know your dog’s bark to know when there is cause for concern.

Get to know your neighbours and their movements. Swap contact details so that if ever assistance is required, you have the closest person to you on speed dial. Make sure that you inform your family of these practices so that they know all the markings and what they indicate.

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