BURGLARY and tackling anti-social behaviour have been listed as priorities for a community safety panel.
Kirklees Council’s Community Safety Partnership Plan set its priorities as it heard from police and councillors about work already done to cut crime.
Figures show that up until Monday, there were 890 fewer victims of burglary in Kirklees in the last 12 months, compared with the previous period.
In the three years to last March, there were 3,235 domestic burglaries in the borough.
However, Clr Ken Smith, a member of the new Police and Crime Panel, said more needed to be done to tackle burglary.
Clr Smith said: “Even though there are less burglaries I think we are still the worst place in England and Wales except, for the Metropolitan Police area. We are still near the bottom of the league table for burglaries.
“Progress has been made but I think we all recognise it’s not just a police issue.”
The Panel says the aim is to reduce the Kirklees figure by 20% to 2,585.
Students and people living in private rented accommodation were more likely to experience high levels of burglary.
Supt Ged McManus, of Kirklees division of the West Yorkshire Police, told the Panel: “This year we have seen a reduction in burglary in Kirklees and West Yorkshire, but it’s not something we are complacent about.
“Up until Monday there were 890 fewer burglaries in Kirklees than the same time last year.
“Mr Burns Williamson, West Yorkshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, has said it is a significant priority.”
Through work done to tackle vehicle crime and improved vehicle security there was a drop in the number of offences from 3,725 to 3,144 in the last three years – a reduction of 15%.
Figures show that on average 19% of Kirklees residents feel the levels of crime in their area have increased in the past 12 months, even though in many areas of Kirklees that is not a reality.
In the Holme Valley South 94% of people said they felt safe, which reduced to 46% in the Dewsbury West ward and 65% in Ashbrow ward.