MUSLIM residents are being urged to step up their security during Ramadan with fears that homes could be targeted while people are out praying.
South Yorkshire Police said some homes have already been burgled during the holy month and figures from other parts of the country and previous years show an increase in burglaries during religious periods.
Police are also warning thieves could target cars parked around mosques, knowing that worshippers will not return to them before prayers have ended.
Officers in Rotherham have visited religious venues to offer crime prevention advice and extra patrols have been organised during Ramadan.
Acting Detective Sergeant Jamie Henderson said: “We are aware that thieves are targeting homes they believe might contain jewellery.
“I can assure the public that we are doing everything in our power to identify the burglars and bring them to justice.
“It is vitally important that the community also plays their part and makes it difficult for opportunistic thieves by locking their doors and windows, and keeping precious items secure and out of view. We also advise that people take close-up photographs of all their jewellery so that items can be easily identified should they be stolen and later recovered.”