Leeds’ crime hotspots have been identified, following a Freedom of Information request by the Yorkshire Evening Post.
The newspaper used statistics from West Yorkshire Police to compile a list of the venues in the city which have experienced the highest levels of crime since the start of 2012.
Across the ten most notorious sites, a staggering 3500 crimes were reported. A popular nightclub, a well-known shopping precinct and a city hospital were among the areas where offences were particularly prevalent.
But the worst news was for Leeds’ retail bosses, after it emerged that half of the sites to make the top ten were supermarkets.
The Asda store at Owlcotes, in Pudsey, was named as the city’s worst crime hotspot; police dealt with 502 offences in less than three years. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the majority of incidents were theft-related
A spokesman for the supermarket chain said that it took shop-lifting extremely seriously and followed up every incident with the police.
Morrisons stores in Hunslet and Morley, a Tesco in Seacroft and another Asda premises in Killingbeck also featured on the list.
Supt Mabs Hussain, of Leeds district neighbourhood operations, said: “Perhaps not surprisingly the vast majority of places that have been highlighted are those that have significantly large numbers of visitors.
“Leeds Festival, for example, sees around 80,000 people descend on Bramham Park for one weekend and the city’s hospitals are also very busy places – and so they experience what appears to be a higher level of crime.
“The bulk of the crime figures relate to offences of theft either from large stores and supermarkets or at night in the city centre, where mobile phones will be the main target. We continue to work very closely with retailers, licensed premises and security staff.”
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