SPANISH National Police have sent out a warning regarding a new burglary trend currently sweeping through parts of Spain, specifically Malaga.
The technique used is extremely simple, but remarkably efficient at the same time and has become a growing concern with middle-aged or older members of the communities, as these are the people targeted in the raids.
The method has been brought in by a group of criminals from Eastern Europe and consists of placing a small piece of plastic or thread on doors of properties they consider most likely to contain jewellery or cash and are also properties inhabited by middle-aged people or older.
The burglar then returns days later to see if the plastic or thread is still in place. If it is, they know that the property is unoccupied and break in unperturbed.
Properties are especially targeted over the holiday period. Occupants of apartment blocks are being urged to keep an eye out, especially on doors of neighbours who are away.
The warning comes following another recent warning my Spain’s National Police in regards to a bank scam targeting people across the country.
As Euro Weekly News has previously reported, the bank scam involves sending mass emails to thousands of people posing as their bank provider. Here they ask for their victims to verify information about their account through a form.
The method is again, like the above, very simple and a commonly used practice in criminal networks, and though the majority of people ignore the emails that are sent, there are some members of the community who fall victim to the fraud.
Once the required information is obtained by the criminals, they are able to use a mobile application to make a clone of the contactless card onto their smartphones and has resulted in dozens of fraudulent transactions recently made across Spain.