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Bank Holiday Crime Prevention Advice

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8:23am 23rd August 2014

Dorset Police have issued some crime prevention advice.

The safety message comes as more visitors are expected to the county for the Great Dorset Steam Fair next week.

The Police say they're working with event organisers to prevent crime - but there are also some simple steps we can take to protect ourselves and our possessions.

Superintendent Pete Windle said:

"I would like to wish anybody spending time in Dorset an enjoyable weekend but would also ask that you plan ahead, keep your belongings safe and be aware of what's happening around you."   

Dorset Police is issuing the following crime prevention advice:

- Only bring what you absolutely need
- Do not be tempted to leave valuables in your vehicle
- Keep cash and possessions on you
- Do not leave your backpack or handbag unattended
- Mark your property where possible
- Protect your mobile phone - on your mobile phone, key in * and make a note of your unique International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) number so that you can ask your service provider to immobilise your phone in the event that it gets lost or stolen
- Report crime at the time - there will be police officers at the event, alternatively call 101 or 999 in an emergency. If you have witnessed a crime you can also call Crimetsoppers on 0800 555 111.

Superintendent Pete Windle continued: "Given the increased number of visitors to Dorset we would also encourage people driving into the county to take some practical steps for a smooth journey.
The Great Dorset Steam Fair is located on the A354 at Tarrent Hinton, Blandford. The following routes are expected to be busy during the Fair:

- A354 between Puddletown to Blandford and Blandford to Salisbury
- A350 between Blandford and Shaftesbury
- C13 Dinah's Hollow between Melbury Abbas and B3081 Cann Common is currently closed.

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