The county is sometimes described as the "West Midlands metropolitan area" or the "West Midlands conurbation", although these have different, and less clearly defined, boundaries.The main conurbation, or urban area, does not include Coventry for example.
The county consists of seven metropolitan boroughs: the City of Birmingham, the City of Coventry, and the City of Wolverhampton, as well as Dudley, Sandwell, Solihull, and Walsall.
The metropolitan county exists in law and as a geographic frame of reference.
Other markings can spell out whether a dog could pose a threat to an intruder, whether alarms are in place, or if a property has previously been targeted.
The markings left in Bedworth were on the road, not on the path, as this is where utilities workers would draw using regular pink or green paint.“If you have been meaning to install security lights and/or CCTV cameras then now is the time to do it,” a statement on the Warwickshire police website advised.
It came into existence as a metropolitan county in 1974 after the passage of the Local Government Act 1972, formed from parts of Staffordshire, Worcestershire and Warwickshire.
The county itself is a NUTS 2 region within the wider NUTS 1 region of the same name.
Police are warning residents in a Warwickshire town about suspicious markings which have appeared outside properties, over fears they may be so-called ‘Da Pinchi’ codes used by thieves to mark out potential victims.
Glow-in-the-dark symbols emerged overnight in the Bedworth area, Warwickshire police said on Tuesday.
''Mr Adlard himself accepts that what has happened is not in the norms of society, but at the time he was going through a rough time in his life with financial problems and he was drinking heavily.
''He is seeking help and just wants to move on with his life and this is a blemish and he has no criminal record.
Historically, people involved in criminality use certain symbols and shapes."It could be a prank, in which case it's a really silly thing to do, or it could be criminals giving signals.”Resident Michelle Randall told the broadcaster that she noticed fluorescent green lines outside her house."The gentleman down the road said he had seen a car lurking around and when he came home, it moved from outside his property," she said.