I’m a security expert – homeowners MUST follow my top tips to ensure their home isn’t next on the burglar’s list

A SECURITY expert has shared her top tips for homeowners to make sure their home isn’t next on the burglar’s list.

Locksmith Elizabeth Johns has warned homeowners could be at risk of burglary after unusual shapes have been found chalked on houses in Stoke-on-Trent.


Mysterious chalk marks have been found on a house in Stoke-on-Trent, sparking fears of burglary
Elizabeth Johns said homeowners need to take steps to protect their homes from burglars


Elizabeth Johns said homeowners need to take steps to protect their homes from burglarsCredit: The Sun

The forms were previously called the “Da Pinchi code” supposedly used by scammers to share information about a home with other burglars.

But, utility workers have also been known to leave signs on walls to indicate that an area has been checked for potential issues with things like gas.

But speaking to The Sun Online, Elizabeth – owner of Locksmith L&E in Greater Manchester – said prevention is better than cure and act now to protect your home.

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She said: “We’ve had burglaries where people have found strange marks on their homes.

“It is well known in the industry that these things have happened.

“Burglars will explore a house and they will tag them.”

She warned that criminals would even mark houses in order to steal expensive dogs.

Although not common, she warned that red beans have been used to make a mess on the doorstep to determine whether or not a homeowner is present.

Elizabeth says she doesn’t want to scare homeowners about the marks found on their homes.

But she pointed out that there are a number of things you can do to protect your home.

An important tip is to keep an eye out for anything out of the ordinary happening around your home and in the area.

She said: “There is strength in numbers – watch out for your neighbours.

“Then if anything suspicious happens, they can be notified.”

Having adequate and up-to-date security on your home is also essential to ensure that you are extra safe.

The locksmith said: “Have security locks – it will deter them from entering.

“And make sure you put as much security on the back door as you do on the front door.”

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She added that while CCTV won’t deter a burglar, it can be useful to monitor suspicious activity around your home.

Ring Video doorbells – which send a live feed to your smartphone – and conventional CCTV can help catch burglars.


Elizabeth’s top tips for a safe and secure home:

  1. Make sure all doors and windows are locked at night – they are easy for burglars to access.
  2. Never leave valuables in sight of the window – day or night – burglars will be in and out within minutes if they know the location of the valuables.
  3. If you are leaving, have someone check your home regularly and do NOT announce that you are travelling.
  4. Call a locksmith to come and check your property to make sure it is as secure as possible.

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