Homeowners around the UK have been urged to be on the lookout for a trick employed by thieves to mark homes as potential targets for burglary.
According to the Daily Express, home security experts have warned that criminals are using a bizarre tactic that involves using kidney beans to determine whether a property is vacant and a target for burglary.
The thieves pour a can of kidney beans over the doorsteps of targeted properties and then check to see if the beans have been cleared away the next day.
If the beans have been left untouched, it suggests that occupiers are away on holiday – and the house could then be a target for burglary.
If homeowners discover the mess on their doorsteps, they will likely clean it up, which can then tell criminals that the house is occupied and they know to steer clear.
In 2020, there were 265,508 burglaries in England and Wales. Office for National Statistics data shows that the average cost of a domestic burglary has now reached around £3,030.
Asking a friend or family member who you trust if they can keep an eye on your home while you’re away is one of the best ways of making sure that you aren’t targeted by would-be burglars.
Being vigilant is also a great defensive strategy to employ. Look out for stones piled up near your doorway, stickers on wheelie bins or chalk on the pavement or nearby walls, as these could also be an indication that your home has been targeted.
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