Are burglars using symbols to mark potential targets?

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How safe is your home from burglars? This follows a spate of burglaries over the past month, with perpetrators targeting homes during the day and under the cover of night.

Pioneer Park, Amiel Park, Schuinshoogte, Hutten Heights and Aviary Hill have all proven to be hotspot areas for burglars. While there is an increase in awareness around housebreakings, the community and SAPS doing their best to minimise the crime, are burglars upping their game?

Recently, a resident living in Victoria Road found claimed a strange symbol painted on the street surface near her home. Concerned about the graffiti that appeared overnight, she questioned if this was a way that burglars marked potential homes to target.

Read more: Burglaries on the increase in Newcastle suburbs

Newcastle SAPS spokesperson Captain Jabulani Ncube says the matter is being investigated, as another symbol, almost identical to the one on Victoria Road, was found on Fyfe Road in Pioneer Park.

“While there is no link to these signs and housebreakings, it is a matter of concern. Burglars do occasionally use signs and other methods to identify potential targets, which is why it is important for residents to remain vigilant and to contact the police if they notice anything suspicious going on around their homes.”

As the Newcastle SAPS closely monitors the situation pertaining to burglaries in Newcastle, the Osizweni Police Area joined forces with the Osizweni Crime prevention unit recently ran an intelligence-driven operation.

On Thursday morning, January 9, the team of officers noticed a suspicious man near Cebelihle School. Upon searching him, the officers recovered one 9mm pistol, six live rounds of ammunition and one magazine for a 9mm pistol.

Taking the suspect into custody, he will no face charges for being in possession of an illegal firearm and ammunition.

Be sure to report crime at your nearest police station, thereby making a positive contribution to your community.

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