In Texas, a woman took to Facebook to expose a new thing criminals are doing in neighborhoods across the country. If you spot a rubber band on your door, it may mean that your home has been designated as a target for a burglary.
Kim Cernigliaro wrote a message on Facebook alerting everyone to the dangers that could await them if they found a rubber band on their door handle.
“Two weeks ago during the day, a hard knock was at my front door, not a regular knock but almost pounding … and I DO NOT answer the door when I am here by myself,” she wrote.
During the scary situation, Cernigliaro followed her gut.
“I glanced around and could see it was a man through the stained glass of my door,” she wrote.
Cernigliaro waited and when she finally went outside about 30 minutes later, she expected to see a brochure, but found instead a rubber band fastened around her door handle.
Kim called the police and asked about the strange office supply, and what they told her was shocking: “The sheriff came by yesterday and said this is happening all of a sudden, as soon as you unlatch the door, they do not wait for you to turn the knob, they can bust in on you.”
So if you see this on your door, remove the rubber band and consider contacting authorities.
Basically, the rubber band props the latch open as soon as you turn the lock. The criminals can then push in without waiting for you to peak around the door.
Kim shared her story on Facebook so that others can be warned. The best thing to do if you hear loud knocking and you are not expecting anyone is to wait. If the person really needs to reach you they can try another method.
However, this rubber band trick could put your life in danger if you choose to open the door to an unexpected stranger.
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