NORTH SMITHFIELD, R.I. (WPRI) - Muslims from a North Smithfield mosque are asking for extra protection after a sign outside their place of worship was vandalized over the weekend.
It happened on Sayles Hill Rd., at the Masjid al-Islam.
North Smithfield police confirmed they are studying surveillance video recorded around 3:30 a.m. Sunday. That’s when a person was seen driving into the mosque’s parking lot and smashing the sign with a hammer.
In light of the shooting at the Sikh temple in Wisconsin, which also happened Sunday, members have made an appeal to police and the FBI for additional protection.
They said they were concerned the vandalism might be part of a larger pattern against Muslims, or people perceived as Muslim.
Police also said they’re adding more patrols near the mosque and doing frequent security checks.