— Tom Dolan (@tomskerous) November 30, 2013
Wanstead has apparently been hit by a wave of “locksmith stickers” which it is believed are ruses to indicate to burglars where there are empty houses.
The Safer Neighbourhood Team has warned residents that the small clear plastic stickers may be used by burglars. Houses in Woodlands Avenue and the Lake House Estate have apparently been stickered. The Evening Standard has reported that bona fide locksmiths who also use the stickers have suffered from residents’ suspicions. Wansteadium reader Tom Dolan, who tweeted above, contacted police about the stickers, and tried to ring the advertised number – but says it did not connect.
The SNT told Neighbourhood Watch coordinators that in parts of Wanstead individually vulnerable houses with, for instance, easy access to the back of the property, appeared to have been singled out. They advised householders to remove any stickers they see.