How Safe Is Leicester? Tracking Crime in Your Local Area
Posted on 8th March 2016 by Wilson Alarms
Whether it’s for insurance, to influence home buying decisions or simply for our own peace of mind, knowing how safe your local area is an important part of making sure you’re protected should the worst happen.
We here at Wilson Alarm Systems have delved deep into government and local police data to give you an overview of how safe the Leicester area is – as well as some essential resources and useful protection tips.
How Does Your Area Rate?
This chart covers a breakdown of monthly incident rates in given Leicester postcodes; these five postcodes are the ones ranked in the top 200 by UK Crime Stats. The breakdown shows interesting variations between types of risk in given areas; for example, shoplifting incident rates in LE1 are far higher than LE2, and violent crime is lower in LE11 than any other area in Leicestershire.
In terms of burglary and criminal damage, LE1 is statistically the ‘safest’ area. Statistically, though, crime in Leicestershire is falling – which means risks of most of these crimes are lower than it used to be.
Click through to your postcode in the graph and see where your area rates for risks of particular crimes; you can use these to your advantage by ensuring you can remain protected.
Which Areas Are Most At Risk?
Is Crime Prevention Working?
Crime rates are falling in the area are falling; statistically, it is becoming a safer place to live. In Leicestershire, overall crime rates fell by 3% last year compared with the year previously, with burglaries down by 9%.
As an example of current crime prevention in the area, Leicestershire Police in January tackled a two-month long burglary spree, and the number of burglaries in that local area fell by a half.
Sgt Andy Cooper, of city centre police, told the Leicester Mercury:
“We’ve spent a lot of time in the neighbourhood and the operation is working. We want it to stay that way and we’re hoping people will continue to look after their homes and property.”
How Homeowners Can Keep Safe
There is plenty of advice for homeowners on how to keep your property safe and secure, whether it’s from burglaries or other incidents on your property. There’s an awful lot that you can do for free including:
- Sign up for your area’s Neighbourhood Watch Scheme – add your LE postcode to find your nearest scheme.
- Register any property through the Police’s Immobilise initiative – Leicestershire Police are currently signed up to this, so it can protect any belongings (particularly valuable ones).
- Keep valuables out of sight; keys, mobile phones, cash, portable electronic devices (e.g. laptops).
- Store ladders and tools away at all times; they could be used to break into your home.
The Police’s burglary prevention advice also recommends getting a visual burglar alarm fitted – you can view our full range here. Improving the access security and locks on doors and windows is also recommended; most burglaries occur when a door is either forced open at the lock or kicked in.