The Da Pinchi Code: Criminals chalk messages to pinpoint targets
UK residents are being warned to watch out for mysterious chalk symbols on the pavements and walls outside their homes. These are not made by some religious or 'magick' cult but by criminals with each symbol having a specific meaning to other criminals.
The markings are said by police to indicate factors such as 'vulnerable female easily conned', 'nervous and afraid' or 'nothing worth stealing'.
The worry now, beyond the actual use by criminals, is that youths and pranksters catch on to the symbols and cause panic by placing such symbols outside homes for 'a laugh'.
Detectives released information on the plot yesterday after a number of properties across the affluent Tandridge district in Surrey were targeted in recent weeks.
Residents have been warned to report any unusual markings on low-rise walls, pavements or kerbs to police.
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