If you ever walk up to your front door, and the lock is covered with tape, the hair on the back of your neck should immediately stand on end.
There is a nefarious reason for finding sticky tape on your door lock, and it should immediately alert you that something is amiss.
Thieves are using this sticky tape as part of their burglary hijinx.
And, especially this time of year, it’s important that you know the sign, and pay attention.
Someone on the forum Quora recently asked about why someone would stick tape on their door lock, and the answer was pretty scary.
Why is it a bad sign if you find a piece of transparent tape stuck on the lock of your front door?Quora
You might find yourself wondering, “What in the world could a burglar do with tape?”
The answer might surprise you — and make you wonder what the heck is wrong with society these days.
Why Is It Bad To Find Sticky Tape On Your Door Lock?
It could potentially be a sign that someone has attempted to tamper with your lock or gain entry to your home without your knowledge or permission. It’s important to be aware of any suspicious activity around your home and to take necessary precautions to protect your property and personal safety. It would be a good idea to check if anything is missing or if there are any other signs of forced entry, and to contact the authorities if you suspect that your home has been burglarized.Quora
So, the thought is that burglars are using this sticky tape as sort of a monitoring device.
They stick the tape to the door lock, and the only way to open your door is to take the tape off.
All it takes is a quick look at the door, and the would-be burglar knows if there is current activity in the house.
If the tape hasn’t been messed with, the thief knows that nobody is home. They know it is safe to vandalize the house.
There is also the thought that tape on the door might be used to give the burglars just a few more seconds to escape the house or overpower the homeowner.
If the homeowner has to mess with the tape at the door, the burglar — already inside — will hear it, and know they have to make a move.
The script can also be flipped, and the homeowner can use it as a monitoring device.
If the homeowners are out of town, they can ask a neighbor to quickly go over and see if the tape is still on the door lock.
If it’s not disturbed, that means nobody has tried to gain entry to the house.
So, if you see tape on your door lock, and you did not put it there, beware.
It might be a good idea to alert authorities to the situation, as it may mean burglars are in the area.