1st Feb 2020 @ 6:00 am

Spain’s National Police are warning property owners – especially those who live in popular tourist areas – of a new technique that is being used by burglars.

The simple technique, which will be familiar to any fans of old spy novels, involves fixing a fine thread or scrap of plastic to the door of a property. After a few days, the thieves return and, if the plastic or thread is intact, they know the home is empty.

Police are asking neighbours to keep a close eye on nearby properties and, if possible, get a neighbour or a trusted professional to look in on the property regularly while owners are away.