Locks changed in anti-burglar drive

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IMPROVED home security is making it harder for burglars operating in Leeds.

Housing provider East North East Homes Leeds (ENEHL) is working with social enterprise Community Action and Support Against Crime (CASAC) to replace weak uPVC door locks to French and patio doors.

Councillor Ron Grahame, who is on the board at the housing provider, said: “Tackling the unacceptable levels of burglary in the city is a key priority for ENEHL and the Council.  “Our partnership work to upgrade euro cylinder locks as part of target hardening of public and private sector homes is really helping to reduce the burglar’s activities.”

Councillor Grahame, who represents Burmantofts and Richmond Hill, added: “Burglary in my ward has reduced significantly over the last few months helped by this work with CASAC, along with other work done with Safer Leeds, West Yorkshire Police and other key partners.”

The Home Office estimates that the average cost of the 9,500 burglaries in Leeds in 2009/10 was £3,400 per property. Almost one quarter took place in council housing stock run by outsourced management organisations,