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Crime Figures Out For Dorset

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8:16am 18th October 2013

There has been a rise in reported sexual offenses and garage break-ins in Dorset, but overall crime is falling.

The latest quarterly figures released by the Home Office show an 8.6% drop, that's nearly 900 fewer incidents called-in to Police.

Burglary and violent crime are both down by around 13%, there's also been a significant drop in reports of Anti-Social Behaviour and Vehicle Crime in the county.

The Force says working with the local community has directly contributed to the fall in crime.

But there has been a slight rise in reported sexual offences and garage break-ins compared to last year's figures.

Assistant Chief Constable David Lewis said: "I am delighted that crime continues to fall across the county.

"These quarterly figures show that there were 885 fewer crimes reported to Dorset Police between April and June 2013 compared to the same period last year. This is good news for 885 people who did not become victims of crime in that time.

"We continue to work together with local communities and other public services to make Dorset safer, and it is by working in close partnership that we have been able to achieve this reduction in crime.

"Vehicle crime has fallen, with 41 fewer incidents reported to the police. This reflects the success of Operation Wave, which aims to tackle thefts of and from vehicles and was re-launched in January this year.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: "I welcome the continued decline of overall crime in Dorset.

"I am also delighted that 1 in 4 crimes are now being detected and I congratulate the Force on their performance. When I was elected the detection rate was 1 in 5. I am confident that the Force will reach the target I set them, of 1 in 3 crimes being detected by the end of my term."

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