While thieves are not necessarily the kindest of people, they can be pretty clever and it’s a shame that they don’t use their brains to benefit themselves and society in other areas. The latest way thieves are trying to outsmart their victims is by using something as simple as a white stone.
Police are warning homeowners to beware of white stones found on their property as the stone may be a way for criminals to warn their burglar pals that the owner of the home is absent and they are clear to rob the premises. The suspicious activity is taking place in Somerset and Neighborhood Watch Teams believe that the criminals are targeting homes that are unoccupied for most of the day, which is fairly common as most people are at work during the daytime hours. This means that a lot of people end up being potential targets.
In response to mysterious stones left outside certain homes and beneath car tires in Portishead, police have stepped up their street patrolling and are on a mission to catch the “rock burglar.” The unsolicited delivery of charity clothing bags in the area is said to be linked to the appearance of the stones.
We believe certain roads are being targeted by burglars because of suspicious activity detected over the past few days,” said Portishead Neighborhood Watch Coordinator, Nick Gough. “There are reports of a male leaving white stones outside of various properties.These distinctive stones are believed to have been left outside of properties which look unoccupied. This includes stones being left under rear tires of some cars, possibly to act as a test for homeowner activity at the address. The male placing the stones is delivering charity bags for unwanted clothing.”
In similar occurrences last year, chalk and paint signs were spotted on roads and the West Mercia Police had thought that they were linked to criminal activity, however; it was discovered that the signs were a way for utility firms to mark what work they were planning to do. Oftentimes, electricity, gas, cable, telecommunications and water companies use such markings as a way of keeping track of what work they plan on doing in the future.
Several commenters didn’t buy the fact that burglars would be smart enough or help out fellow burglars…
“As though burglars would help other burglars, get real. They are mostly opportunists who will go for whatever is quickly available. This makes them sound like members of a secret cabal or guild – complete rubbish.”
And others were concerned about the stones that already filled their lawns…
“My front and back gardens are already made up of stones.”
Several other commenters accused the alleged crime to be an urban legend. Regardless, it’s always better to be safe and aware, so if you do happen to find a new marking on your property, it’s best to notify the police. It would be rather odd for a utility company to take it upon themselves to mark a property that is considered private land.