Published On: Mon, Mar 17th, 2014 on 5:44 pm

Call Lane in Leeds listed worst road in UK for theft and robbery

Call Lane Leeds

Call Lane in Leeds

Call Lane in Leeds has been ranked as the worst road in the UK for the number of thefts and robberies, figures have revealed.

Data compiled by Freedom of Information requests to police forces across the country found that 969 incidents have taken place at the area in the past three years.

With crimes recorded by West Yorkshire Police, reported incidents included ‘personal theft’, bag snatching, mobile phone thefts and pickpocketing.

Located in the heart of Leeds city centre, Call Lane is a frequently busy area also host to a variety of successful bars and restaurants.

On a nationwide scale, the figures found that the majority of theft happened in broad daylight and incidents were most likely to take place on Saturdays.

Saturday nights when pubs and clubs closed was found to be the second most common time, with 17% of thefts taking place between 11pm on a Saturday and 2am on a Sunday.

Selwyn Fernandes, Managing Director of LV= home insurance, who helped compile the data, said: “The continued popularity of small gadgets, which have a high value and can be easily sold on, has led to an increasing number of personal thefts in recent years.

“With an average bag and contents worth around £316, they are a tempting target for most thieves.”

Nationally, the acts of pickpocketing, mugging and theft all increased in 2013 compared to the previous year.

Top 5 streets with the most thefts or robberies in three years

1. Call Lane, Leeds (969 incidents)

2. Victoria Centre, Nottingham (812 incidents)

3. Bridge Street, Northampton (532 incidents)

4. West Street, Sheffield (379 incidents)

5. Promenade, Blackpool (126 incidents)

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  1. Kam says:

    Feel sorry for those who have business on this street

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