Staff Reporter
THE Guardia Civil have found a document in a car allegedly used by a delinquent which explains the meanings of the code and signs which have been found on the doorways of houses and flats which are believed to have been targetted for robberies.

As reported in yesterday's Bulletin, the symbols were spotted in Inca and Porreras this week, and earlier they had been found in Sant Jordi.
They allegedly indicate the best time for carrying out robberies, whether or not there are children or dogs, the kind of occupants (pensioners, women on their own, etc) and other information.

However, the Guardia Civil now warn that the signs have been found in towns and villages all over the island.
According to a Guardia Civil report, the marks are made with chalk, pencil or a sharp instrument by the bell at the entrance, on the ground, or even underneath the welcome mats.

The same report says that the signs are usually made between 1 and 4pm “by delinquents, beggars, door to door salesmen, etc.” The Guardia Civil advice is:
- Never think it will never happen to you.
- Never open the door unless you know who it is.
- If you see one of the symbols, rub it out, leaving as little trace as possible.
- Warn family, friends, neighbours, clubs, workplace, etc.
Over the past few days, there have been reports of the signs appearing in Porreres, Algaida, Manacor, Inca and also Palma.
However, police sources in Palma said that not all the symbols were related to gangs of delinquents “there are not enough of them (gangs), as thousands of flats have been marked.” The sources added that many of the symbols could be the work of the people who distribute publicity, as the symbols include messages such as “charitable home” or “in this house, they speak of God.”

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