Community's fears after mysterious road markings 'used by burglars' appear on footpaths
A community has expressed its fears after mysterious road markings have appeared on footpaths, believed to be used by burglars to target homes.
Locals in the Ballybrack and Shankill area, Co Dublin are concerned after spotting the distinct markings outside their homes.
Local council confirmed to Independent.ie that the markings were not created by council staff.
Residents have now shared a key on social media to help identify the different chalk markings.
The key originated from police in the UK, where similar markings have been reported to help burglars attack homes.
One image of a chalk marking in the Dublin locality shared by a local shows three X's in a row, which according to the key suggests 'three good targets in a row'.
Local Fianna Fáil activist Vinny Durán-Kearns said similar markings have been used to target homes in the Dun Laoghaire- Rathdown area.
"Burglars have used similar markings to target houses in the area. We have a guide of what they might mean to keep locals updated," he told Independent.ie.
"The fact that it was in chalk means it's not the council but that doesn't rule out a child just drawing on the ground.
"However, these markings have turned up before in areas prone to burglaries."
Mr Durán- Kearns said that crime is a huge concern to locals.
"We're always on alert, but at least people are aware of these markings so as they can remain vigilant."
Another local expressed concern saying "keep eye out if reappears. It does seem dodgy".
Another said: "I've seen a few signs like this and sometimes it can be houses marked for break ins or if the house has a dog."
The Dunlaoghaire- Rathdown council confirmed to Independent.ie that the council would never use chalk for road markings.
"The Council’s Roads Maintenance staff usually use spray paint to mark up a road," a spokesperson said.
"This is because chalk will wash off with rain and spray paint, although temporary, will last a bit longer.
"The type of chalk markings in the photos are not created by council staff on council business."