Leeds has some of the highest rates of burglary in the country, a report has revealed.
The Audit Commission study said that in some parts of the city, burglary rates are three times the national average.
Deprived areas like Beeston, Harehills and Armley and places with lots of students such as Headingley were the worst affected.
The report blamed poor quality housing and a network that allows for easy disposal of stolen goods.
It suggested that, “the ability to rapidly convert stolen goods into ready cash is a key influence on young burglars”.
The report also noted that the 60,000-strong student population, who generally live in poor quality rented accommodation and are away for long periods, proved attractive to burglars.
Although there has been some improvement in burglary rates over the past year, in the past three years the gap between Leeds and the rest of the country has widened.
Between April 2007 and March 2010 the rate nationally went down by 4%, whereas in Leeds it went up by 13%.
On average, 26 burglaries were committed daily in the city last year.
The Audit Commission recommended that the police develop a more focused strategy with clear goals to deal with the problem, particularly when it comes to stolen goods networks.
If you live in the most heavily targeted burglary areas of Leeds, then improving your home security could help deter thieves and protect your home and possessions.
Source: BBC News