Progress continuing to be made tackling burglary in Leeds

Domestic burglaries in Leeds have been cut in half over the last four years, new figures have revealed.

Since 2010/2011, burglary rates in the city have fallen from 8,863 to a figure of 4,016 in September 2014, following a targeted multi-agency approach by Safer Leeds, West Yorkshire Police and partners, which has made tackling and reducing the crime one of its key priorities.

This 55% reduction has resulted in Leeds, which was once the worst performing core city, now being ranked fourth in a table which compares the domestic burglary household rates of all the eight core cities.

Councillor Mark Dobson, Leeds City Council’s executive member with responsibility for Safer Leeds said:

"We are working hard extremely hard at Safer Leeds to reduce burglaries in communities across our city, and it is undoubtedly positive news that over the past four years, this particular crime has been cut by half.

"Leeds has now moved from bottom in 2010/2011 to fourth in a league table detailing the domestic burglary rates of the other eight core cities, which again is encouraging.

"While we are certainly moving in the right direction, there is absolutely no room for complacency given the devastating impact this crime can have on its victims. I would like to assure the people of Leeds that with our multi-agency partners every resource at our disposal is being used to drive down offences further."

Chief Superintendent Paul Money, Leeds District Commander, said:

"It’s genuinely pleasing to see that the combined efforts of the police, the council and other key agencies under the Safer Leeds partnership are continuing to reduce the number of burglaries in the Leeds district.

"What is most important about these figures is that they represent nearly 5,000 families or individuals who have not had to suffer the trauma of having their homes invaded and their property stolen.

"Despite these significant reductions, tackling burglary is still a key focus of our work - particularly at this time of year when we can experience an increase – and we remain committed to doing all we can to reduce the number of victims even further."

Notes to editors:

For further information regarding burglary rates, please see the Office of National Statistics (ONS) at: http://www.ons.gov.uk/ons/index.html

For media enquiries, please contact;

Colin Dickinson, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 39 51578

Email: colin.dickinson@leeds.gov.uk