Suspected thieves mark houses for burglary in county Offaly

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.

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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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