Crime Figures Down
12:05am 9th September 2012
(Updated 8:24am 10th September 2012)
Crimes such as robbery and car theft have seen a reduction of almost 20% in Dorset since 2011.
Figures from Dorset Community Safety Partnership show there have been 106 fewer offences in April to June compared to last year.
Incidents of arson, assaults, burglaries and antisocial behaviour have also dramatically decreased.
Non-domestic assault with injury saw the biggest reduction, with 215 offences in the county this year compared to 297 incidents last year.
The dramatic reductions have been partly put down to neighbourhood policing and increased community work by partner agencies.
Councillor Ray Nottage, chair of Dorset Community Safety Partnership, said: "It's great to see that levels of crime have fallen. This is an excellent achievement given the challenge of maintaining low levels of crime in the current economic climate.
"Dorset is one of the safest places in the country to live, but that doesn't mean we should be complacent. The partnership aims to raise awareness of what people can do to stay safe."