Wiltshire Police are asking residents to report any suspicious activity following incidents in which chalk markings have been appearing on homes, garages and garden walls.
It comes after several reports of chalk markings appearing in the Amesbury and Larkhill area. These markings have been used in the past by thieves to identify potential targets to steal from.
PCSO Will Todd said: “We would like members of the public to be vigilant and aware of any suspicious markings and take the usual precautions with their property.
“Homeowners are urged to mark valuables with security marking, take photographs of jewellery, china and other valuable items, record serial numbers of electrical goods, computers, and have pets micro-chipped. Always ensure that your doors and windows are locked at all times and be aware of strangers paying attention to your neighbours property. If you see someone acting suspiciously, report it immediately.”
Anyone with any information should call police on 101. Alternatively, call Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 where information can be left anonymously if preferred.
UPDATE from Wilts Police – We have now received information that these markings may have been innocently placed by a running club.
We will look into this information however, it is important that residents think about their home security measures and are always vigilant and report any suspicious behaviour/activity in their area.