CARAVAN owners are being warned to beef up their home security when they hit the road for their summer trips.
Doncaster police are advising caravanners to be extra vigilant after a spate of house burglaries when the owners were on holiday.
Detectives believe a small group of people are watching properties with caravans on the drive or in the garden.
Once they see the caravan has gone, they assume the owners are on holiday and burgle the property.
They are keen to trace and speak to one man, pictured, who they hope may be able to assist with an investigation into a burglary in the Branton area, committed when the caravan was moved.
Other break-ins while caravan owners were away have occurred in Armthorpe and Rossington - and neighbouring Nottinghamshire Police have reported a rise in similar burglaries in villages along the A638 between Bawtry and Retford.
Police are advising caravan owners to be on the look out for suspicious behaviour and vehicles on their streets that may be paying particular attention to the properties.
They are conducting extra patrols and working closely with Nottinghamshire Police, as it is believed the same group are committing offences over the border.
Det Insp Steve Whittaker, of Doncaster CID, said: “I would strongly advise residents to be vigilant of suspicious behaviour and report anything to the police.
“We believe this is a small group of people that are targeting houses when residents take their caravans from the drive or garden away for their summer holidays.
“If any members of the public believe they know the identity of the man in the picture, I would urge them to come forward as he may be able to assist in tracing the people responsible for these crimes.”
n Anybody with information is urged to contact South Yorkshire Police on 0114 220 2020 or contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.