Clampdown on Ramadan Crime Surge

September 10, 2007

Author: Staff Writer

Source: BBC News

Police in Bradford have joined forces with local mosques to clamp down on a rise in crime during Ramadan.

Officers in the north of the city will for the first time be joined by mosque committee members on street patrols.

"In previous years there has been a marked increase in reports of low-level damage and youth nuisance during Ramadan," West Yorkshire Police said.

The Council for Mosques said: "We have a responsibility to make sure our young people are not causing problems."

It is believed the increase in crime has been caused by some young people taking advantage of the fact their parents are occupied observing Ramadan, particularly during evening prayer times.