Tips to avoid being burgled in South Leeds

Rothwell Neighbourhood Policing Team which covers Middleton and Belle Isle, has sent South Leeds Life the following crime provention tips as darker nights draw in:

At this time of year with the arrival of the darker nights and the clocks going back, we traditionally experience a small increase in the number of reported crimes.

Whilst the chances of being burgled in the South Leeds area remain very low, in fact we experience on average less than two burglaries per day across the whole Division, and reported burglaries have reduced by more than 45% in the last three years, we have recently launched our seasonal burglary awareness campaign.

Key advice is listed below, however the main message is, it only takes a minute to leave a light on and to lock your door. Spending a couple of minutes securing your property will help prevent you becoming a victim of crime.

It only takes a minute for a burglar to enter your home and steal your belongings, yet it only takes a minute to secure your home.

Follow the simple steps below to avoid becoming a victim of burglary:

  • Keep doors and windows locked at all times – even when you’re in.
  • Don’t forget to lock the door behind you and remove the key from the lock. Keep them out of sight in a safe place.
  • Leave a light on and use a security timer if you go out.
  • Draw your curtains and keep valuables out of sight
  • Consider using door chimes.
  • Put packaging for expensive items in the bin or take to recycling centre.
  • Make sure your door and window locks are fitted to the appropriate standard. Cheap locks make your home an easy target for criminals.
  • Check that existing lights and alarms are working and use them to protect your home.
  • Consider downloading free tracking software for items such as mobiles and laptops
  • Join or start a Neighbourhood Watch Group and look out for your neighbours.
  • Mark your property and register at

Remember – Light up, lock up, be secure – it only takes a minute.