STUDY REVEALS NO EVIDENCE OF THIEVES MARKING TARGETS
Tuesday, March 11, 2014
According to the latest research by SAPS, there is no evidence that “markings” are used by criminals to target your house.
“These stories of painted letters, piles of stones, soft drink cans and plastic bags are just urban legends,” says Warwick Scott-Rodger, Head of Dialdirect Insurance, adding, “these and some other social media warnings are fabrications with no basis in facts.”
Facebook postings have reported that everything from empty chips packets to shoes - as well as how they are positioned - can indicate if the homeowner is armed, if the occupants are home and where there are escape routes. However, this is not true. Security Company ADT has corroborated this by agreeing that their security guards have not encountered this technique.
“Although criminals can be very creative with their modus operandi, nothing has shown that homes are marked in some way or another so that a burglary can be perpetrated,” says Scott-Rodger.
It seems that these so-called “alerts” are based on myth. In fact, it turns out that the majority of crime is opportunistic - for instance, a criminal seeing an open window and a flatscreen TV and going for it. The studies show that planning tends to only take place when criminals are targeting a business or premises with high value items and then the criminals will carry out reconnaissance.
Preventative security measures are the best way to avoid being a victim of crime. “Deterrants are the way to go,” advises Scott-Rodger, “you need to make it as hard as you can for your house or business to be targeted.”
Instead of looking for markings, rather take these simple precautionary steps to ensure your safety at home: