We've all seen clips of strangers walking up to doorbell cameras, doing seemingly nothing, and then walking away. Instead of being relieved that the unknown person walked away, we feel unsettled and wonder, "what's really going on here?"
That's the message that got my attention on NextDoor the other day. A neighbor asked why someone would walk up to their front door and leave blue painter's tape across the bottom and doorjam. This post instantly got my attention. "Marking" homes is a known tactic of some burglars. If they put the tape on a door and it's still in place when they check later, the thief assumes the house is empty and, therefore, primed for a no-muss, no-fuss break-in.
In light of this resurgence of burglar behavior—and the fact that over 50% of all burglaries are residential—I thought it was time for a reminder of signs that could mean potential thieves are casing your home.