A teen gang caused upset among residents during a night of vandalism and nuisance behaviour.
Police are hunting a group of about five youths who caused damage to several homes during a crime wave on the Darlington Estate in Moorends on Sunday evening.
Officers said the group threw stones and played knock and run at numerous homes – causing alarm and distress for elderly residents.
Inspector Mark Payling, based at Adwick Police Station, said: “Incidents like this can cause major distress for residents, while for others it makes them angry and want to confront who is doing this.
“Our advice is to call police and we will deal with the incident.
“We believe this is a small group of teenagers and I would also urge parents to make sure you know where your children are on an evening.
“If you believe they are going out to cause trouble, I wouldn’t let them go out.”
He added: “We had 17 anti-social behaviour incidents across the North East area of Doncaster and a significant number were in Moorends.
“We would normally expect about seven or eight incidents so there was a notable spike.”
The incidents took place between 5pm and 6pm.
Insp Payling said officers from the Thorne and Moorends Safer Neighbourhood Team would be increasing patrols in the area.
Police said no arrests had so far been made.
n Non-emergency incidents can be reported to South Yorkshire Police on 101.