Neighbourhood Warning Signs – you should be aware of these!

Here are some warning signs that every resident should know about. It reiterates why it is important to keep your pavement neat and tidy and remove all possible markers. Be aware all the times.

Main warning signs:

Z painted on a stop sign or on the road         Houses in street targeted for burglary

Pile of little stones                                                  Warns of dogs

Two big stones together                                      Two old people living inside

Stones placed in a row                                          Indicates how many people in the house

Swastika painted on road                                   Houses in street targeted for burglary. Direction of swastika indicates which                                                                                      house is the target.

Brick                                                                           Indicates car to be stolen

2 or 3 bricks                                                             House robbery


Red: coke tin, red cloth, crisp packet             Can expect resistance

Coke tin – opening towards house                Someone is home

Upright coke tin                                                    Nobody home

White: sorghum carton, plastic bag               Easy target

Sorghum carton facing towards house        Target marked

White plastic bag in fence                                  Easy target

Green: direction of bottle indication the direction to proceed          Direction marker

Blue and/or blue a white (clicks packets)     Easy target and someone inside will help

Black                                                                         Stock theft

Simba/Lays chips packets                                 Normally neatly folded, but sometimes weighed down by something inside                                                                                       the packet

Crisp packet – facing the house                      Owner at home

Crisp packet – facing the road                         No-one at home

Shoes and shoesoles near or by gate           No-one home and direction of shoes indicates the escape route

Other warning signs:

  • Wrong number on your house or cell phone – checking if you are home.
  • Electricity off at the main box – when you go out to check, the house is open and the people inside are soft targets.
  • Strange items in front of your house, ie cardboard box, bricks, neighbour’s tree branch. Do not stop to remove or you will be a soft target. Phone police or security company to assist you.
  • Poisoning:   If a dog dies suddenly or vomits, check for black specks in the vomit or white powder near the dog. Please report all dog poisonings to the SAPS who MUST give you a case number.
  • Listen to your barking dog.


  1. Immediately remove and dispose of all markers.
  2. Paint over painted signs.
  3. Keep your pavement neat and tidy.

Be aware at all times.

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