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December 20, 2011

Trail signs

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Mum would tell us how, as a child in England after the War, one of her chores was to wipe away the chalk signs left by passing gypsies. I would have armed her with chalk, a guide to Romany semiotics, and sent her up and down the lane.

The story came to mind with the news police in Chengdu have published symbols from a thief's code.

Recently, Chengdu police made public 17 types of “casing markers/symbols”. “×” represents “plan operation”, [diamond-shape] represents “no one lives here”, a wavy line represents “beware of fierce dog”, while a rectangle with slashes represents “already thieved”.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at December 20, 2011 08:48 AM