Members of the Asian community who live in the Doncaster borough are being urged to be extra vigilant by South Yorkshire Police after a series of burglaries have taken place which appear to be targeting Asian gold jewellery.
Over the past few months, the town has seen an increase in incidents that seem to be focused on Asian households.
Officers are asking Asian families to take precautions when securing their property to prevent thieves getting access.
From studying the burglaries committed to date, officers have learned that the most common days for the burglaries to fall appear to be Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
The majority of the burglaries are reported to have taken place during the day, between 8.30am and 5.30pm. Many have taken place between 10am and 2pm.
Officers are asking the Asian community to be extra cautious if leaving items of jewellery at home during the day.
Detective Constable Andy Hatton said: “Having an intruder come into your home and search through your belongings is an invasive and upsetting experience, and we are committed to finding the people responsible for this series of crimes.
“Previous burglaries have shown that detached houses seem to be particularly targeted, with rear patio or conservatory doors used as the point of entry.
“These doors are often fitted with euro-locks, which can snap quite easily. I’d urge any residents with this type of lock to fit the new anti-snap locks and explore the possibility of installing a house alarm and CCTV system, to try and prevent entry to your home.”
If anyone has any information about the burglaries or has any information about where the stolen jewellery may be, they should call 101 and ask to speak to Doncaster CID.
Alternatively, contact Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.