Three new CCTV cameras are being added to the Holbeck area in an attempt to reduce crime.
By Molly Carr and Gabby Mercer
Holbeck has one of the highest crime rates within the Leeds area, with a lot of this connected to the legalisation of the red-light district. Whilst the cameras are being installed to protect all Holbeck residents they are mainly there to protect women working in the red-light zone.
Even with the upcoming installation of these new surveillance cameras residents continue to feel unsafe, often not leaving their house when its dark outside purely out of fear.
Ruth, a Holbeck residence who lives half a mile away from the district says, “I’m 40 years old and I’m scared to walk to my local corner shop on my own, especially when it’s dark outside.”
“Their calling it a ‘managed zone’ when it’s not managed at all. It is true that there is some security, but it’s not enough. It’s a disused industrial canal and motorway it’s perfect for crime.”
Men are also in fear for their safety within the Holbeck area. A local resident who does not wish to be named has also shared his side of the growing issue, “I was walking home at about midnight, I was trying to get through the underpass and there was this guy there who was holding a sword I had to take a half an hour detour out of my way to avoid him.”
In a recent interview with the Yorkshire Evening Post, Labour councillor Gohor Almass says, “The installation of these new CCTV cameras provides further reassurance to our residents that we are doing everything that we can as councillors to address crime in the area.”