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Personal safety

Here are 10 tips to help protect your home from burglary

  • Lock doors and windows – even if you are only popping out for a minute or sitting in the garden
  • Keep valuables out of sight
  • Hide your house and car keys and don’t leave them near the door
  • Install timers to turn lights on and off when you are out or away, or ask a neighbour to do this
  • Draw the curtains, leave a light on and a radio playing if you are going out after dark
  • Mark your property with an ultra violet pen giving your postcode and flat or house number, and take a photo of valuables such as jewellery
  • Don’t leave ladders or tools that could help a burglar get in to your property
  • Check your locks conform to the British standard. If you are unsure you can ask Community Action and Support Against Crime (CASAC) for a free check. 
  • Don’t forget to lock side doors and outbuildings
  • Install a burglar alarm or at least a dummy box.

You can also register your property such as mobiles phones, bicycles and electrical equipment for free at www.immobilise.com


Alleygating is a method of ‘gating up’ alleyways and carriageways to stop burglars from using them to gain access to properties.

If you want an alleyway to be gated you have to apply for a gating order and show that the location is suffering from persistent levels of crime and anti social behaviour. Full consultation with anyone affected is undertaken, including local residents, emergency services, and utility providers. A gating order lasts for 12 months and is then reviewed.

If you feel that you would benefit from alley gates please contact your local councillor.

For more information contact Safer Leeds on 0113 222 4444.

Personal safety
The Safer Travel Partnership provides information and advice on how to stay safe when travelling on public transport.

Students have their own crime reduction website at www.knowledge-leeds.co.uk