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.”