It seems there maybe some truth in the old chalk marking urban legend, this morning we received this communication from West Midlands Police.
This is an URGENT message from Lauren Evans at West Midlands Police.
We are asking residents to remain vigilant for unusual white chalk markings that are appearing on residents pavements across the city.
If you come across any strange chalk markings outside of yours or another’s property it is urgent that you call your Neighbourhood Team or 101 immediately.
We have experienced burglaries across the city where these markings have been draw outside the property on driveways or pavements and believe they may be characteristics of a coding system to indicate what action is to be taken by criminals.
For example, the marking of an ‘X’ sign indicates a ‘good target for burglary’.
Please stay attentive and report any unusual behaviour or markings to Police.
They have also shared the same to our Facebook Page.
We have taken the decision to turn off commenting on this post – as we acknowledge in the first line of this piece we are aware of the old urban legend ref Chalk marking but we decided to run this piece as the information was provided to us via a Lauren Evans from a West Midlands Police email address – not some random forward or share on the internet.
Comments calling us names and being abusive because you think we have had the wool pulled over our eyes or have been duped when we have received our information from an official source are neither useful or warranted.