£180,000 three-bed semi ‘most likely to be burgled’ as Leeds break-ins halved

Research suggests three-bed semi-detached houses are most at risk
Research suggests three-bed semi-detached houses are most at risk
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The number of house burglaries in Leeds has halved in four years – to an average of 11 a day.

There were 4,016 break-ins in the year to September, down from 8,863 during a 12-month period in 2010-11.

It means that the city, which once had the worst rates of any of the eight major English cities outside London, now sits fourth in the list.

The news comes as research reveals that a £180,000 three-bedroom semi-detached house is the most likely to be broken into.

Coun Mark Dobson, who sits on the Safer Leeds partnership – a group of organisations including the police and council – said: “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.

But he added: “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.”

Leeds historically had among the worst burglary figures in the country, with higher rates than Manchester, Liverpool, Birmingham, Sheffield, Bristol, Newcastle and Nottingham.

In 2010 spending watchdog the Audit Commission deemed the problem so bad it issued a ‘red flag’ against the city’s authorities, an indication that urgent action was needed.

Huge amounts of money and resources have since been ploughed into tackling the problem.

Initiatives including an academic approach to policing which analyses intelligence to predict when and where incidents will happen has helped to bring about the dramatic reduction.

Chief Supt Paul Money, commander of Leeds police, said: “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.”

The news comes as research by an insurance company found a three-bedroom semi-detached is the most likely house to be burgled.

More Than said analysis of 3,000 burglaries in 32 police force areas found 38 per cent involved semis and almost half of those had three bedrooms.

The average value of houses that had been broken into was £180,000.