August 26, 2009

Police warn of Ramadan burglars


by Benjamin Graham

West Yorkshire Police have warned Muslims in Leeds to be security conscious during the holy month of Ramadan.

Last year a number of Muslim homes were targeted by burglars during the festival with valuable gold jewellery stolen.

Police said thieves know houses are likely to be left empty at regular intervals during Ramadan when Muslims visit the mosque to pray.

Extra police patrols have been set up in Muslim areas for the holy month.

“We want to ensure that everyone observing Ramadan can continue their religious obligations without fear of becoming a victim of crime,” said Supt Simon Whitehead, of West Yorkshire Police.

“The extra patrols in place will not only reassure the public, but send a clear warning to offenders that they will be caught if they commit a crime in the area.”

Valuables should be hidden away if a house is being left empty, and doors and windows should be securely locked, police said.

Police also advised Muslim drivers to lock their cars during visits to the mosque.

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