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Local neighbourhood a popular target for burglars

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A Leeds suburb has been named one of the worst areas in the country for burglaries.

The Adel area of the city features in a list of the top 20 neighbourhoods with the highest number of break-ins. Over the space of 12 months, there were 27.6 burglary claims for every 1000 residents.

The LS16 postcode – also encompassing Eccup, Bramhope and Cookridge – was number 18 on the list, which was compiled using data from insurance companies.

Interestingly, the nearby suburb of Bramley – which had more offences reported than anywhere else in the country last year – had dropped off the 2015 list altogether.

Kevin Pratt, from MoneySupermarket, said: “Just because somewhere is named a claim hotspot, it doesn’t actually mean the area in question is not a nice place to live.

“Thieves often target areas with wealthy residents and desirable properties where the rewards are potentially greater or quieter areas where they think there is less risk of being caught red-handed.”

Chorlton-cum-Hardy, in Manchester, had the most offences in the country, although London postcodes dominated the list – more than half the areas to feature in the top 20 were somewhere in the capital.

Jim Maddan, chairman for the Neighbourhood and Home Watch Network for England and Wales, said: “The majority of burglaries are opportunistic and criminals will often simply choose the easiest-looking target.

“Something as simple as being on speaking terms with your neighbours and passing the time of day could mean that they notice when something is wrong – or it might be you who notices something is amiss and saves your neighbour from misfortune.”

At Lester Morrill, our criminal law team has considerable experience of advising and representing clients facing burglary and other theft charges. For more details about how our Yorkshire-based solicitors can assist you, contact us today.

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