Police attend more incidents at Leeds’s two main hospitals than any other premises in the city, the Yorkshire Evening Post can reveal.
As reported yesterday, St James’s Hospital has had the eighth highest crime levels of any address in Leeds since the start of 2012.
There were 323 recorded offences at the hospital between January 1 2012 and October 31 last year.
But figures obtained by the YEP show St James’s and its sister hospital Leeds General Infirmary (LGI) had the highest numbers of police call-outs during the same period.
There were more than 760 incidents at LGI and more than 600 at St James’s – the two highest totals for any venues in the city. Not all incidents resulted in crimes being recorded.
A spokesman for Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “St James’s University Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary are two of the biggest sites in the city and every year millions of people pass through our buildings, which are open round the clock for 365 days, so it is not surprising that we get our share of incidents requiring police attention.
“The trust has a dedicated security team on both sites whose prime concern is keeping patients, visitors and staff and our property and grounds safe, backed by a large and sophisticated CCTV network. “The trust security team have an extremely close working relationship with West Yorkshire Police, including us having police community support officers working on site.”
According to the figures, the vast majority of incidents at the two sites related to concerns about public safety and welfare.
Of incidents that end up as recorded crimes, most are thefts, followed by assaults, public order offences and burglaries. There were two recorded sex offences at St James’s during the period in question.
The trust spokesman added: “Incidents that can occur on hospital premises include attempted thefts, vandalism and assaults or other types of crime which may be related to alcohol or drug abuse.
“While our own security staff do work hard to nip incidents in the bud and prevent incidents, we naturally do request regular police support for any serious problem as we take a zero tolerance approach to any form of anti-social behaviour in our buildings or grounds.”