Dewsbury and central Halifax are two of the areas in the top 10
Central Dewsbury and Westborough as well as Halifax are among the top 10 Yorkshire areas blighted by burglaries shock figures reveal.
Dewsbury and Westborough come in at number seven while central Halifax and Boothtown takes the 10th spot. They are the only two areas in West Yorkshire apart from Leeds to figure in the survey. One neighbourhood in Leeds suffered more burglaries than almost any other area in the country – but residents in part of Barnsley are even more at risk of a break-in.
Last year there were 23,536 burglaries across Yorkshire, according to police neighbourhood crime figures. That was a 1.5% drop from 23,902 in 2020-21. Leeds City Centre suffered more burglaries than anywhere else in our area with 330, followed by Central Doncaster and Hyde Park and then Goldthorpe in Barnsley.
Of almost 7,000 neighbourhoods in England and Wales, only one – Fitzrovia West and Soho in London – experienced more burglaries than Leeds city centre. But when compared to the size of the population, residents living in Goldthorpe were more at risk from burglars than any other neighbourhood in Yorkshire.
For every 1,000 residents living in that neighbourhood, there were around 30 burglaries, the highest rate in Yorkshire – and the second highest in all England and Wales. That was followed by Leeds City Centre (23 burglaries per 1,000 residents), and then Central Doncaster and Hyde Park (21 per 1,000 residents).
The average rate across almost 7,000 neighbourhoods in England and Wales is around four burglaries per 1,000 people. Meanwhile, Great Ayton and Stokesley in Hambleton has seen the highest rise in burglaries. In 2020-21 there were just seven break-ins, compared to 37 last year – a 428.6% increase.
By contrast, New Pudsey in Leeds has seen the biggest drop in this type of crime, from 58 burglaries in 2020-21 to 23 last year, a 75.9% fall. And residents living in Haxby in York were the least likely to be burgled last year, with a rate of around one break-in for every 1,000 residents.
Separate Home Office figures show that the number of house break-ins traditionally increases from July, and continues to rise until after Christmas when the number of burglaries drops off again. Burglary is defined as the act of breaking into a building with the intention of stealing, hurting someone, or causing damage.
There are three types of burglary recognised in law – a domestic burglary such as a home invasion which is punishable by a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison; a non-domestic burglary such as a raid on a shop or business, which commands a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison; and the most serious crime of aggravated burglary. This is when an offender goes equipped for burglary with a weapon. The maximum sentence for this offence is life in prison.
Jeffrey DeMarco, assistant director at the charity Victim Support said: “The impact of a burglary goes beyond just the financial losses – although these can be devastating. Home should be the place where we feel most safe. A burglary is an invasion of that space and can deeply unsettle people’s sense of security.
“For some, it could mean the loss of treasured belongings and memories that can never be replaced. Sadly, too many people still fall victim to burglary. Support services like Victim Support also offer free practical and emotional support to victims – call the charity’s free 24/7 Supportline on 0808 16 89 111.”
These are the 10 areas where you are most likely to be broken into:
- Barnsley (Goldthorpe)
- Leeds (Leeds City Centre)
- Doncaster (Central Doncaster and Hyde Park)
- Doncaster (Edenthorpe and Mere Lane)
- Rotherham (Rotherham Central)
- Doncaster (Hexthorpe and Balby North)
- Kirklees (Dewsbury Central and Westborough)
- Leeds (Gipton South and Killingbeck Park)
- Rotherham (Rawmarsh South)
- Calderdale (Central Halifax and Boothtown)
- 05:00, 1 AUG 2022