Date
30 March 2017
Some units in this estate have mysterious marks on doors visible only at close range next to door bell buttons and jambs (insets). Photo: Wikipedia, Apple Daily, Wen Wei Po, hk01.com
Some units in this estate have mysterious marks on doors visible only at close range next to door bell buttons and jambs (insets). Photo: Wikipedia, Apple Daily, Wen Wei Po, hk01.com

‘X’ marks the spot: Are these flats being targeted by burglars?

Mysterious door signs are turning up in three residential estates in the New Territories, spooking residents who fear they are being targeted by burglars.

Police said 260 flats in Kwai Luen Estate in Kwai Chung and Saddle Ridge Garden and Kam Fung Court in Ma On Shan have “X” signs and other markings on their doors, Apple Daily reports.

These could have been left by burglars looking for targets, investigators said.

The markings, in red and black, include thin straight lines and are visible only at close range next to door bell buttons and jambs.

Kwai Tsing district councilor Ng Kim-sing said residents fear a wave of break-ins during the Lunar New Year holiday when many families will be away.

Ng Kwong-keung, estate manager of Good Excel Property Consultants Ltd., which oversees Kwai Luen Estate, said signs like these are often made by workmen but are usually removed afterwards.

He said there are no ongoing works in the estate.

Police are pressing their investigation but said there is not enough evidence of criminal intent.

The matter is being treated as a “miscellaneous case”.

A retired policeman said burglars rarely leave evidence of their crime, news website hk01.com reported.

Also, they protect their own turf, so making the job easier for other thieves by doing advance work is counter-intuitive, he said. 

Henry Ho, former Kwai Tsing district commander, recalled a similar incident four years ago in Kwai Chung but said it was dismissed as a prank or superstitious act.

And David Cheung, a private detective, said burglars usually target more affluent neighborhoods.

The markings might have been made over time by service men doing internet or telecom-related jobs or by salesmen or poll-takers to alert others and avoid double-ups, he said.

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