We all take methods to try and secure our homes as best as we can, but have you ever wondered how burglars view your house? Recently a coded message was left by a would-be burglar a number of homes in Offaly, but what do they mean?
Thieves often survey potential targets and will mark them based on their ease of break-in and level of valuable goods in the home. These are mostly found on a walls or footpath outside your home. We recommend you check to see if there are any odd designs outside you or a neighbour’s home? It may be time to perform an audit of your household to try and find the below icons.
Police in the UK previously revealed the meaning behind some of the ‘art-work’ that can be found outside of homes.
If you have any symbols that match these or similar ones to these on you home, it may be a good idea to paint over them to protect yourself against future attacks.
You’ll notice that one of the top symbols is a home alarm warning, which highlights that burglars will avoid a home with an alarm. A monitored home offers added protection as burglars know these are responded to immediately which increases the risk they’ll be caught red handed.
Only 54% of Irish homes have a house alarm, meaning around 780,000 homes are completely unprotected against an intruder.
Recently the Durrow community group notified of a suspicious black BMW which was driving around the area of Ballysheil in Offaly, the vehicle was noted to have three male occupants and a mark was left on the wall of a house. Which is believed to be a mark indicating to burglars the vulnerability of a property to theft.
The Offaly Express reported that “Marking houses is a known tactic used by suspected burglars. “.
All sightings of suspicious activity should be reported to your local Garda Station +353 906454302
If you’re worried about keeping your home secure, particularly from gangs targeting your local area, we recommend giving HomeSecure a call to get a free HomeSecurity assessment. A 10-minute call could make all the difference in preventing an unwanted guest targeting your home.
All our customer’s homes are pre-registered with the Gardaí to ensure the fastest possible response time in the unlikely case someone does try gain access to your home.
All of our alarms also comes with a police, medical and fire emergency response buttons, so your family’s safety is always just one touch away!
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