Small Crime Rise in Dorchester
7:45am 15th April 2014
(Updated 10:57am 15th April 2014)
There's been a 3% rise in overall crime rates in Dorchester.
Neighbourhood Inspector Steve Marsh says despite having less staff than this time last year, he's determined to arrest organised criminals targeting the town.
40 more crimes have been committed in Dorchester over the last 12 months, compared to the year before.
Shoplifting and alcohol related incidents during the summer are the two main offenders.
Dorchester Police have now increased town centre patrols which has seen incidents go down.
There've also been reductions in burglaries and robberies.
Speaking to Wessex FM listeners Inspector Marsh said local people can also help in the fight against crime:
"The forthcoming year will be challenging as we have less staff than this time last year but I remain confident we can continue to make the area a safe and enjoyable area in which to live and work. We can not achieve this without your continued help and support. You can continue to help by taking simple crime prevention measures making it harder to become a victim of crime. I firmly believe that good crime prevention coupled with joint problem solving and community support will continue to make Dorchester a safe place to live."
"In support of this I ask that you pay particular attention at this time of year to what you leave in your car. We know that there are criminals at the moment coming into the area who target cars parked at our many beauty spots. They will break into any car that has property left on display. Please take all valuable items out of the car, and if you see anything suspicious please let us know."