On The Beat: anti-social behaviour and sneak-in burglarlies

This month we have seen lockdown restrictions continue to ease and there has been increase in footfall across the many green spaces across South Leeds.

The vast majority of people attending are enjoying these spaces with their friends and families however, a small number of people are attending and causing a nuisance or causing anti-social behaviour (ASB) which is having a negative impact on the community.

We are working hard to target this with our partners from Leeds Anti-Social Behaviour Team, Youth Services and others. There are a number of ways you can report ASB to us:

If the ASB is in progress then please report to us via 999 / 101 / 101 online.

For ASB that is not on-going you can report through this website – www.westyorkshire .police.uk/form/report-anti-social-behaviour

With the weather getting warmer the risk of leaving your house insecure by leaving windows and doors open increase and as a result you are more at risk of being a victim of burglary.

This is a very personal crime type and can have a significant impact on the victim and their family. However, taking simple measures such as locking your doors and windows, not leaving valuables on display and using your house alarm can significantly reduce your chances of being a victim.

Crime prevention doesn’t have to cost a lot of money – here’s a few simple steps that everyone can take to improve their home security:

  • Always lock your doors and windows even when you’re at home
  • Always take keys out of locks and keep them in a safe place
  • Don’t leave keys in reach of the letterbox or cat flap, or on view through a window
  • Make sure items such as car keys, laptops, tablets, phones and cash cannot be seen through a window
  • Don’t leave power cables or charger units for laptops and tablets plugged in and on show
  • If you’re out, try to make your home look occupied by using a timer switch to control lights
  • Make sure Euro cylinder locks have achieved – TS 007 (3 star rating) or Sold Secure Diamond Standard for lock cylinders (SS312)
  • If you have a burglar alarm always remember to switch it on when you leave the house or when you go to bed

As part of our team we have a Crime Prevention Officer who is able to speak to you and offer you advice about securing your house. Should you wish to speak to her then please arrange by sending an email to InnerSouth@westyorkshire.police.uk

As lockdown continues to ease, we are working hard as a Neighbourhood Policing Team with our colleagues and partners to keep you safe and feeling safe.


This post was written by Inspector Lucy Leadbeater of the South Leeds Neighbourhood Policing Team