I was interested to learn from the BBC that Leeds City Council are to spend £1.3m over four years to reduce the number of burglaries. I’ve just run a report on our Neighbourhoods page across all of England and Wales, between December 2010 and April 2011 and it’s true there’s a serious problem – the top 3 worst neighbourhoods (by total) for burglary are in Leeds. These are;
It’s interesting one of the measures cited to combat burglary was spending on increased visibility. The other day, I was talking to a fellow policy wonk about a paper called “Designing out crime” a think tank paper that came out maybe about 30 years ago. Now of course, every English language police force seems to use the phrase so it’s buried. If someone can let me know where to find it, please let me know and I’ll link to and blog about it. We could even upload it to the site.