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Violent Crime Falling and Vehicle Offences Rising in Dorset

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12:35pm 18th July 2013

Overall crime in Dorset is at a 15 year low!

The latest figures have been released by the Office for National Statistics today (Thursday 18th July).

Total crime is down 11% on last year with some of the biggest reductions in violent crime and theft, which are down by around 15% respectively.

One of the biggest improvements is in Anti-Social Behaviour, down by 15.8% compared to 2011/12, that's a 10 year low.

But there has been a steady rise in vehicle offences which has risen by over 8%.

The Force has welcomed the results citing a challenging year with added pressure of policing the Olympics and dealing with major incidents like the Beaminster Tunnel tragedy and landslips on the Dorset coast.

Acting Assistant Chief Constable Martin Hiles said: "The continued improvements and reductions in many areas of crime in Dorset are great news for our hardworking workforce and, most importantly, the communities we serve.

"These good results are particularly noteworthy as they came in a year when we faced some additional challenges with the policing of the Olympic sailing events in Weymouth and Portland and numerous critical incidents. These incidents included two tragic landslips, at Burton Bradstock Beach and Beaminster Tunnel and the murder of Reece James in Boscombe - for which four men are now serving lengthy custodial sentences.

"I'd like to thank our communities and partners for their continued support in helping us keep Dorset safe - we should be rightly proud of the good results but not complacent. "

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