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This is creepy…

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Korea Beat had this article (here too) where it seems that there are strange markings underneath doorbells in one rooms across Seoul.  I actually just checked outside my door and indeed there were some markings.  There’s speculation that this is the work of criminal(s) (thieves, rapists?).  I’d just get some whiteout to erase it.

Stay safe guys.

The mystery in Seoul continues this week and may be spreading into the provinces. Personally I’m put in mind of the old hobo code in America.

Seoul police are investigating after citizens began being frightened by symbols — α, β, X — of unknowable meaning appearing on the entrances to their apartments in officetels, one-rooms, and apartment complexes, as reported in the Dong-A Ilbo.

Seoul Metropolitan Police Agency chief Ju Sang-yong instructed all officers on the 19th to “check all buildings in you jurisdiction for markings.” The investigation teams in each police station investigated every officetel and one-room apartment in their jurisdictions on the 19th. Any officers who found such markings began making inquiries to find out who had made them and for what purpose. In Gwanak-gu, where many university students live alone, a number of markings were found in officetels and one-rooms where such students are concentrated, and police there are continuing their investigation.

Some officers believe the α, β, X markings around the city may be used as a code for organizations. They do not appear to be for delivery services such as newspapers or Christian groups. After publication of the Dong-A Ilbo report markings were reported in Jongro-gu, Mapo-gu, and Yongsan-gu, and others were reported in officetels and apartments in Gyeonggi-do as well. A member of the police said, “it’s possible they are created by thives or burglars… We will put our utmost efforts into uncovering the truth to put citizens’ minds at ease.”

It seems any readers living in Seoul or nearby may want to go check out the walls by their doors for a “crime code”.

“Look at the buzzer next to my door. What does that say…”

On the afternoon of the 17th 23-year old university student Ms. Park received that text message from a friend. Ms. Park lives by herself in an officetel in Sojae, Dongjak-gu in Seoul. Ms. Park ignored the message but out of curiousity she peered at the buzzer in the vestibule. Someone had used a ballpoint pen to write “β, XX”on it. Surprised, Ms. Park examined her neighbor’s buzzer. It said “α, X”. Other apartments had the roman letters J and K. β means “the home of a woman living alone”. X means the number of times it was confirmed the occupant lives alone. That was the explanation of Ms. Park’s friend.

Citizens are finding things written in the hallways next to their doors in officetels, one-room apartment buildings, and large apartment complexes. On the internet people are saying that, “thieves and burglars are writing this things in officetels and other places where women live alone.” Some say that α means a place where a woman lives alone and β means a place where a man lives alone, while others say α means an empty home and X means a place where a woman lives alone. Others say there are detailed pictures describing apartment occupants, such as “one woman with permed hair.” Rumors say the images are left by thieves and burglars for their crimes, and worry is intensifying.

Such images have been found in Gwanak-gu officetels with many university students who live alone. The security office of officetel D in Gwanak-gu opened an investigation immediately upon discovering them in front of every unit. Though the officetel has security officers on duty 24 hours a day, someone could come in through the underground parking lot. There is a CCTV camera in front of the first-floor elevator, but not in the hallways. The CCTV footage does not reveal who made the markings.

Recently companies that provide outside services are gaining suspicion but are saying, “we know nothing about it.” Companies which provide interior security or install fire prevention equipment never write anything by the buzzers. They are not written by postal employees. 40-year old postal employee Mr. Jeong, who has been a postal employee for over ten years and been delivering mail in Bongcheon-dong for over one year, said, “if nobody is home you try to phone them or just leave a note to pick up their delivery, that’s it.” He guessed perhaps the α, β, C, J, X marks had something to do with newspapers, but one newspaper company office, “every newspaper has different distributors and newspaper deliverers have all the information on their delivery cards so there is no need for special markings.”

The security office at officetel D removed all of the markings. One apartment building in Jamshil4-dong recently got irate reports from citizens about markings and immediately erased them. The security office there told its occupants, “we have found and erased all of the markings left by the intruder… Please notify us whenever you see someone suspicious.”

On the internet many message are asking the police for help. A member of the police said, “thieves and burglars are not the ones making most of these markings… So far we are not receiving related reports, but because they are scaring people we need to confirm what they are.”

Written by recruiterinkorea

December 24, 2009 at 5:21 pm

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  1. I looked after you posted this, and I didn’t have anything near my door. But yesterday I saw a fishy looking guy with a clipboard walking around. When I left today I noticed that there is now some markings near my doorbell. A circle with an X, and some curly lines. Interesting…


    January 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm

  2. Perfect site. Your links on this are good. I went throughout all this as well as I very thank you for your guide.

    Justin J.

    March 4, 2010 at 10:22 pm

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