Overall Crime Down In Dorset
11:18am 18th July 2014
Overall crime has fallen in Dorset, but there's been an increase in sexual offences in the last year.
Household burglaries, vehicle crime and violent crime is also down.
With 33 more sexual offences report then last year - Dorset Police say that could be down to more victims having the confidence to come forward.
Assistant Chief Constable David Lewis said: “I am delighted that crime continues to fall across the county.
“These figures show that there were 2,313 fewer crimes reported to Dorset Police between April and March 2013/14 compared to the same period last year.
“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.
“Despite these encouraging statistics we are not complacent, and there are challenges that the Force is working to overcome as we head towards 2015.
“There were 33 more serious sexual offences compared to the same period last year. Although this shows that victims have greater confidence in reporting these offences to us, we remain focused in our response to prosecute offenders and ensure that victims have the best possible support.
“Cyber-crime also presents a new and growing challenge, with criminals using technology to commit offences. We have developed plans to respond to this threat in Dorset and across borders with other forces in the south west and the rest of the country.”
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “The continued long term fall in overall crime is welcome, building on the reductions we have seen over the last decade and more.
“This report shows that Dorset Police are working hard to cut crime and keep our communities safe. It is especially encouraging to see significant decreases in dwelling burglaries and vehicle crime, which can have a negative impact on communities.
“The increase in sexual offences suggests that recent cases involving Jimmy Savile and other high profile individuals, has encouraged more victims to come forward to report abuse. We have dedicated support in Dorset which will ensure that these victims are supported through the criminal justice process.”