HOMEOWNERS have been warned to look out for a piece of sellotape over keyholes – because it’s a new way for burglars to mark your property as vacant.
It turns out that the thieves are smarter than one might think and have recently been using a simple but very deceptive trick that is marking the real estate easy target
In the UK, burglars were found to use sticky tape on a keyhole. In this way, they can check whether the houses are empty and if anybody is home.
By sticking the adhesive, thieves see if the resident removed the tape or whether it is still on. Intact tape means green light to break in.
This trick works when someone goes on vacation or dies and the apartment is waiting to read a will
People who had taped keyhole were not initially aware of the threat, most thought it was a stupid joke from their neighbours.
Fortunately, there are a few simple ways to keep burglars away. An alarm or a barking dog can prove to be discouraging for thieves. Always check to close all windows and back doors before leaving the house. It could be wise to ask a neighbour to pop in and keep an eye on things meanwhile.