Today, the Yorkshire Evening Post reveals Leeds’s top 10 crime hotspots.
We’ve used figures obtained from police to compile a list of the venues with the highest crime rates since the start of 2012.
It includes several supermarkets, a hospital, a popular shopping precinct, a nightclub and a city centre fashion store. One of the sites is used for only one weekend a year.
Nearly 3,500 crimes were reported at the 10 locations on the list.
And retail bosses say they are taking a “zero tolerance” approach to thieves as five supermarkets were revealed to be among the 10 most crime-riddled premises in Leeds.
Figures obtained by the Yorkshire Evening Post show that, between the start of 2012 and the end of October last year, Asda at Owlcotes in Pudsey was the worst crime hotspot in the city. Police dealt with 502 offences at the store during that period – the vast majority of which were shoplifting.
Also on the list were Morrisons stores in both Hunslet and Morley, Tesco in Seacroft and Asda at Killingbeck. Primark on The Headrow and the Briggate shopping precinct also feature.
A Morrisons spokespman said: “We adopt a zero tolerance policy to any sort of criminal behaviour, so our store and security teams work closely with the police to ensure any crime committed in our stores is reported.”
A spokeswoman for Tesco added: “We don’t tolerate crime at our stores and we work closely with the police.”
A spokesman for Asda said: “The instances of shoplifting are minimal in comparison to the number of customers visiting our store. However, we do take the matter extremely seriously following up every incident with the Police. That’s why it’s important to report it so that we can continue to offer the low prices that customers expect from Asda.”
The top 10 list is completed by Space nightclub in the city centre, where there were 327 crimes since the start of 2012, the Leeds Festival site at Bramham (326) and St James’s Hospital (323).
Superintendent Mabs Hussain, of Leeds district neighbourhood operations, said: “Perhaps not surprisingly the vast majority of places that have been highlighted are those that have significantly large numbers of visitors. Leeds Festival, for example, sees around 80,000 people descend on Bramham Park for one weekend and the city’s hospitals are also very busy places – and so they experience what appears to be a higher level of crime.
“The bulk of the crime figures relate to offences of theft either from large stores and supermarkets or at night in the city centre, where mobile phones will be the main target.
“We continue to work very closely with retailers, licensed premises and security staff.”
LEEDS’S TOP 10 CRIME HOTSPOTS
JAN 1, 2012 - OCT 31, 2013 (RECORDED CRIMES IN BRACKETS):
Asda, Owlcotes (502)
Morrisons, Hunslet (460)
Primark, The Headrow (440)
Tesco, Seacroft (344)
Asda, Killingbeck (341)
Space nightclub, city centre (327)
Leeds Festival site at Bramham (326)
St James’s Hospital (323)
Briggate shopping precinct (285)
Morrisons, Morley (111*)
*figures provided for 2013 only