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Figures show crime is down
THE West Dorset public has been praised for working with the police after the latest crime statistics showed reductions.
That equates to 66 fewer victims than in the same period a year ago.
In Bridport there has been a 40 per cent reduction in house burglaries, a 53 per cent reduction in theft of vehicles, 23 per cent fewer sheds and garage burglaries and a 20 per cent reduction in anti-social behaviour offences.
Section commander Insp Mike Darby said there had also been good reductions in the number of assaults, alcohol-related violence and domestic abuse cases.
He said: “This has been achieved by a number of means but most importantly the excellent working relationship we have with our local authority corporate partners, housing associations and long term partners like the NFU. I would also like to thank the communities we serve, as without the public assisting us to prevent crime and detect offenders, our job in combating criminality that impacts so significantly on victims wouldn’t be possible.”
Overall in the three months from April to June this year Dorset Police recorded an overall fall of 8.6 per according to figures for police forces across the country released by the Home Office.
This drop in crime saw 9,452 recorded offences compared to 10,337 last year, a reduction of 885 although serious sex offences rose by almost 20 per cent.
The Positive Outcome Rate for Dorset has risen to 24.8 per cent from 21.1 per cent during this period.
A positive outcome describes the number of officially solved crimes and is defined by new government measures as a sanctioned detection, community resolution-action taken in respect of minor crime, in line with a victim’s needs or with restorative justice.
Assistant Chief Constable David Lewis said: “I am delighted that crime continues to fall across the county.
“Despite these encouraging statistics we are not complacent, and there are challenges that the force is working to overcome as we head towards 2014.”
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “I welcome the continued decline of overall crime in Dorset.
“I am also delighted that one in four crimes are now being detected and I congratulate the force on their performance.”