By Chris King • 07 August 2021 • 22:02
Check your front door for silicon threads placed by burglars.
image: policia nacional
MALAGA police are warning homeowners to be aware of the way potential burglars are targeting homes using something as simple as a silicon thread
Malaga Provincial Police Station is urging homeowners to pay attention to the simple tricks used by potential burglars at this time of the year, when so many people tend to go and visit friends or relatives for a few days, go to their second homes, or, of course, go away on holiday, leaving their property at the mercy of these criminals.
Their modus operandi is a very simple, but effective one, say the police, and recently this use of a silicon thread glued from the front door to the door frame has been detected in two mani areas of Malaga capital, specifically in the Carretera de Cadiz district, in Calle Heroe de Sostoa, and Avenida Imperio Argentina, and the surrounding area of Parque Litoral.
Usually, the criminals find their way into the apartment blocks, then target as many doorways as possible in one go, placing threads on as many doorways as they can, and then returning some days later to see which threads are still intact, which tells them the apartments which are unoccupied at the time, and a target for breaking into and burgling.
When observant neighbours spot this trick, they should immediately call the police, as in the past this has happened and has given the opportunity for police officers to set up surveillance on the doors, to wait for the would-be burglars to return to check if any threads are still in place.
Another worrying scenario with this trick is that criminals have been known to use a thicker glue on older properties, and can use it to detect empty apartments with a view to breaking in and occupying them while the owner is away, as reported by laopiniondemalaga.es.
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Originally from Wales, Chris spent years on the Costa del Sol before moving to the Algarve where he is a web reporter for The Euro Weekly News covering international and Spanish national news.
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