Wednesday, February 11, 2015

The Burglars' Code (Camden, UK)

Camden New Journal [UK]
11 February 2015


MEMBERS of the public have been warned to be on the lookout for symbols scrawled on their property that are believed to alert would-be burglars to soft targets.

A table of markings, said by police to be a secret code used by criminals to “highlight potential targets”, was sent to members of tenants’ and leaseholders’ groups on Tuesday.

The symbols are said to denote observations about the security of a property, including “vulnerable female” and “good target”, but police said they were not aware of a “particular problem in Camden” at the moment.

One of those to receive the warning, Petra Dando, who chairs Camden Association of Street Properties, said she had passed the message to many of the association’s 6,500 members. […]