I have just received the results of a joint agency multi action day held in Cookridge on 11th April. Residents in the area benefited when the local Police joined forces with Leeds City Council, West Yorkshire Fire Service and various other partners to target crime and anti- social behaviour across the area.

The joint efforts saw the Police visit 95 homes, providing crime reduction advice, and the Fire Service undertook four home fire safety checks on the day.  The Action Day also led to 12 motorists being advised about speeding, and patrols were deployed around the Cricket Ground off Smithy Lane, following reports of anti-social behaviour.  A general litter pick and clean-up of the area was also undertaken.

I am extremely pleased at the overall results this Action Day has achieved.   It allowed people to raise their concerns with the Police, whilst at the same time receiving advice on how they could improve safety and security in their homes.

Many of the residents in the ward are elderly, and not surprisingly, cold calling was one of the major concerns raised.  Most of us find door step selling a nuisance, but for the more vulnerable, it can be extremely frightening to have a stranger knocking on your door, particularly as criminals are known to target the elderly in this way. 

The advice provided to residents in terms of both crime reduction and safety, will hopefully create a safer environment for all, and may save lives.