Stickers allegedly being used by burglars to mark homes which are an easy target have come to Perivale, a resident has warned.
The rectangular, clear or white stickers advertise 24/7 Locksmiths, are about an inch high and an inch and a half long, and have a contact number on the bottom.
The BBC and London Evening Standard have recently reported dozens of them being found on doors in south London, and now a woman has discovered several of the stickers in Perivale.
The woman, who does not wish to be named, lives near the Tesco Hoover building and said that after her son spotted this little piece of paper on their front door she went looking for more in the area and uncovered about seven.
A friend of hers found a further six, and a neighbour has also identified a few along Bilton Road.
The Perivale resident said: “We have been targeted and identified as an easy-to-access house. I saw that it was on the news and in papers last week and now it seems Perivale is being hit. They put the stickers on doors but you really cannot see them; you have to know that they are there or they would go unnoticed.
“Where I live many of us know each other so we feel comfortable enough to knock on doors and tell people. None of the people whose doors we knocked on had seen them and where people were not in we took down the stickers. What’s going on is uncomfortable.”
The woman said that it seems the thieves are marking corner houses, homes which have alleys down the side, and those with trees, hedges or fences at the front which can act as a screen, allowing the offenders to go unseen.
She added: “We got the police round on Sunday evening and they have been patrolling at night. They said to watch out for white vans which can carry goods. The police also said that there have been a couple of burglaries in the Hillingdon area with the stickers.”
A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police said: “Police in Perivale are aware of locksmith stickers being placed on properties in the ward. Inquiries are ongoing to establish if they are serving a legitimate purpose or not.”