A woman has issued a warning to other homeowners after her home was targeted by thieves with a kidney bean burglary trick.
The Manchester Evening News reports that mum Maria Celino-Straker from the North East said she woke up to discover a ‘horrible’ mess of kidney beans over her front doorstep on the morning of Monday 16 August.
After speaking to a relative, who is an ex-police officer, she was told that it is a well-known trick used by criminals across the UK, as it can help let burglars know if there is anyone home or not.
She wrote on Facebook: “Well I woke up to this left on our doorstep this morning. Apparently, this is a known trick of burglars.
“If not cleaned up in a couple of days they know you are not home and in they go.”
She explained that thankfully she was home, and cleaned it up, guessing that the culprits left the mess at around 1 am on Monday morning.
She told the Manchester Evening News: “It’s not just beans. They use anything that you would have to clean up and that is not going to wash away with a bit of rain.”
She added that she posted about it on social media because she wanted to warn the people, and get them to look out for each other.
“If it helps one person it was worth it,” she said.
The post on Facebook has been shared over 2,000 times by other social media users wanting to warn their friends and neighbours.
Maria added that since learning about the deceitful trick, she has been checking in with her elderly neighbours to ensure their doors are locked.
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