Secret ‘burglar’s symbol’ appears on houses leaving residents terrified they’re targets


Plain circles as well as circles with a diagonal line have been drawn in white chalk on Stoke-on-Tren properties, with the method often associated with burglaries as well as dog theft

Mysterious chalk markings have appeared on houses in Beville Street, Fenton

Worried residents of a Stoke-on-Trent street say they are concerned after a number of mysterious chalk markings were left on their houses.

Several homes in Beville Street, Fenton, have had chalk marks left on the walls, sparking fear among families.

Plain circles and circles with a diagonal line have been drawn in white chalk on the properties. The method is often associated with burglaries and has also been linked to dog thefts, the Stoke Sentinel reports.

However, utility workers are also known to leave signs on walls to indicate an area has been checked for potential issues like a gas leak or to earmark where a water pipe is located.







Several homes in Beville Street, Fenton, have had chalk marks left on the walls
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Nick Taylor lives in one of the homes that has been marked on Beville Street. The 39-year-old says it has left him feeling ‘worried’.

He said: “I’ve heard about people doing it. It’s usually done for dogs.

“My doorbell picks up on anyone who walks outside my house, so I will have a look through my doorbell footage for anyone suspicious. I’ll be keeping an eye out and I’ll wash the mark off and have a look up the street .”

Chelsea Coleman’s property, in Beville Street, has also been marked.

The 28-year-old said: “It’s peculiar. A lady messaged me a few weeks ago about people using chalk to mark houses.







Elsewhere in the country, they have been dubbed the ‘Da Pinci Code’ with signs for ‘nothing worth stealing’, ‘wealthy’ and ‘good target’
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“I never saw anyone do it. I’m a bit creeped out. I’ll just be keeping an eye out.

“Touch wood, we’ve lived here since 2005 and had nothing other than two bikes stolen last year. I work from home, so I’d see them if they tried to break in as I’m home all the time. Maybe it’s just a utility company because it’s on almost every house.”

George Millward’s property in Beville Street has not been marked with the chalk, but he says everyone in the street is keeping an eye out.

The 85-year-old said: “I’ve been told it’s burglars. We don’t have one on our house, but one or two have got them.

“I’m not worried about it because I’ve got nothing for them to pinch. But everyone is keeping more of an eye out. We always do, me and the wife.







Residents are worried about the markings
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“I hope it’s just something innocent. The police have been informed by a woman up the road. She told the police about it after she had a marking appear.”

The Safeguarding Hub – which shares home protection advice and information across the UK – previously said: “Between us, we have a fairly extensive knowledge of burglary. We have spent many hours speaking to distraught victims, visiting crime scenes and dealing with burglars.

“We have actually seen and experienced these symbols being used by criminals. This is not to say that this is a common practice between bands of thieves, for most burglars work alone. We do not want to scaremonger and we can say confidentially that the use of these symbols is very rare.







Experts say it is not common for burglars to use the markings
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“But, if you are a caregiver to an elderly or vulnerable person and spot strange marks outside their home, do you really want to dismiss it out of hand without just ensuring that the symbol is legitimate?”

Elsewhere in the country, the symbols have been dubbed the ‘Da Pinci Code’ with different signs for ‘nothing worth stealing’, ‘wealthy’ and ‘good target’. A triangle symbol is used to show a single woman lives in the property on her own de ella, or vertical lines could imply a house has obvious valuables inside de ella.

Also keep an eye out for the letters ‘M’, which tells other burglars to strike in the morning, whereas ‘N’ means a night-time intrusion.

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