Is your home about to be burgled?

By | December 3, 2009

In the old days, tramps and hobos were believed to operate a sophisticated coding system by leaving marks outside the Burglar chalk marks.homes of people they had visited.

The shape of a table meant that the occupier might offer a sit-down meal; three circles, denoting coins, suggested that money might be forthcoming; a cross in a square meant a Christian lived there.

This signing technique has featured in the television series Mad Men, in an episode that contained a flashback to the past of the ad man hero Don Draper.

And a few years ago, there was a craze for “warchalking”, in which a mark chalked on a pavement or wall would signify where you might be able to get wi-fi access.Still, perhaps we should take no chances.

The police believe that a simple cross denotes an “easy target”, so if you happen to spot one on your gatepost, surely the safest thing is to draw a neat circle round it, thus converting it effortlessly into “nothing worth stealing”. …

via Is your home about to be burgled? | UK news | The Guardian.

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