Published on May 30th, 2014 | by Steph Clarke


Police Warning Re “unusual chalk markings”

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.

Read the Express & Star coverage here

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.


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I have nearly always lived in Wednesfield, I moved away briefly but missed the sense of community and so swiftly moved back! I honestly believe Wednesfield has more to offer than the residents often give it credit for and wanted to do something to redress the balance of negativity around where we live. Working for a media company using the internet and social media as a marketing tool I had the skills and passion to help set up so did!

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