It was revealed yesterday that thieves are leaving small stickers on houses to identify them as easy targets. Scroll down to see codes use by burglars.
Burglars are placing virtual-transparent plastic stickers on vulnerable properties in west London, UK. The council has described this action as a 'sophisticated new scam'.
The stickers - are printed with the words '24/7 Locksmith - Repair Installation Locked out' and a fake telephone number of 0203 582 8175.
Council officials have revealed that police believe a scout is sent to an area to find homes that look easy to burgle, before calling at these addresses to see if people are at home during the day. This also gives the burglars a chance to get up close to doors and windows and check the quality of locks. If the scout thinks the home would be easy to break into, they leave a sticker on the door
Burglars have been using coded chalk symbols to let other criminals know whether a property is worth targeting, MailOnline reported in September.
The marks, dubbed the Da Pinci Code, are made by would-be thieves to indicate if the house is vulnerable, revealing who is living in the house and whether there is anything worth stealing.
WEALTHY AND VULNERABLE: CODED CHALK SYMBOLS USED BY BURGLARS
Council are urging local residents to keep a very close eye out for these stickers and if they find one to remove it straight away.