Security companies across the country will try to tell you that your local area is rife with crime, but as a security company in Leeds, we can make such claims with hard evidence behind us. For decades, Leeds has had a reputation for having some of the highest crime rates in the country. This reputation is warranted in many areas of the city. The statistics rarely tell the whole story, however, and it takes more than a cursory glance at the figures to make conclusions about the entire crime profile of the city. As one of the most trusted security companies in Leeds, we think we’re in a good position to be able to dissect the statistics and make some recommendations. Is Leeds really a burglary hotspot?
As the third largest city in the UK (by population), it’s no surprise that tens of thousands of crimes occur in Leeds every year. In 2011, a study by the Audit Commission found that Leeds had the third highest burglary rates in the UK, with an average of 26 burglaries taking place each day in 2010. Between 2007 and 2010, the burglary rate across the UK fell slightly, but in Leeds it rose by 13%. This was blamed on poor quality housing, a large student population (leaving houses unoccupied for long periods of the year), and the ease of converting stolen goods into cash. Just under half of offenders were aged between 15 and 18.
A 2013 report based on insurance data claimed that Leeds held the top spot on the list of the country’s burglary hotspots, with LS13 postcode (Bramley) the area where insurance claims for burglary were most likely to have been filed. LS18 (Horsforth), LS28 (Pudsey), LS25 (Kippax, Garforth, Sherburn-in-Elmet) and LS12 (Farnley, Wortley, Armley) also had places in the top 20. For one city to have five places in a report examining the whole of the UK is hardly a badge of honour. However, the following year, only one Leeds postcode was on the list: LS16 (Adel, Cookridge, Bramhope), with 27.6 insurance claims per 1,000 residents. In the past few years, crime rates have fallen across the UK, including in West Yorkshire, but in this county, they still remain above the national average, with 74 offences per 1,000 recorded – the highest in the country, aside from London.
What do the figures mean for me?
The figures point towards the crime situation improving in Leeds. However, the huge change in insurance claim figures in just a single year shows how fluid the situation is. The overall crime figures hardly make reassuring reading. It is the absolute figures that concern property owners, not whether they’ve decreased by a tiny percentage. Commercial properties are clearly tempting targets for burglars, particularly retail stores and other premises that are open to the public. Leeds’ reputation as a burglary hotspot will, of course, have an impact on your insurance premium. Implementing stringent security solutions including manned guarding, keyholding and alarmed response could help to bring insurance costs down. More importantly than that, they’ll give you peace of mind – and allow you to plan ahead without having to worry about theft affecting your business. Acclaimed Security is a Leeds security company with decades of local knowledge and expertise to draw on. With us, your business will be in safe hands. Contact us now to discuss your security requirements, and we’ll help you find the right security solution for your business.