Revealed: Worst Leeds hotspots for vehicle crime


Today we reveal the latest worst hotspots in Leeds for vehicle crime.

These figures, supplied by Police UK, are for April 2018 - the most recent period for which data is available.

West Yorkshire Police say it can take as little as ten seconds for a thief to steal something from your car.

The best way to protect your belongings is to lock your car whenever you leave it. Other things you can do include:

* Removing everything from the car; don’t even leave a jacket where it can be seen.

* Closing the sunroof along with the windows when you leave.

* Not storing things in the boot; take them with you.

* Storing car ownership information in your home, not your car.

* Having a routine to ensure you always take the keys out of the ignition.

* Taking removable stereos and sat nav equipment with you.

In addition, using secure (theft resistant) number plates can make your plates less attractive to thieves.

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Thieves sometimes break into houses looking for car keys. They can also use wires and hooks ‘to try and drag’ your keys through the letterbox.

Keep your keys away from doors and windows, and tucked away out of sight.

Have your vehicle’s windows etched with its registration number or the last seven digits of the vehicle identification number (VIN). This can put criminals off, as it makes your car more difficult to sell. It also makes it easier for police to get your car back to you if it is stolen.