Extra police officers will be patrolling the streets of Manchester to cut the number of burglaries during the Muslim festival of Ramadan. A team of 50 officers will be on the beat to prevent thieves targeting homes of worshippers when they visit mosques. The dedicated patrols will see police work more than 2,000 hours each week. Police said houses are often left empty during the festival and urged residents to improve security measures until the end of Ramadan on 11 October. Ch Insp Jim Liggett of south Manchester police said: "We have been working closely with members of our Muslim communities to ensure that they can continue their religious obligations without fear of becoming a victim of crime.