Dorset in the top ten for lowest recorded crime rate

Dorset in the top ten for lowest recorded crime rate

Published by Maria Greenwood at 7:56am 24th April 2020.

Dorset's crime rate has stayed relatively level, despite a rise in crime across the country.

The latest figures from the Office for National Statistics show a 0.3% rise in crime in Dorset between January and December 2019.

Nationally, there's been a rise of 4%.

Dorset has the ninth-lowest recorded crime rate and the 11th lowest number of victims of crime.

Both burglary and theft have seen significant reductions.

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Deputy Chief Constable David Lewis said:

"Dorset Police have excellent crime recording practices and although we have seen a very small increase in crime over the period, this is far lower than the rest of the country.

"Crime figures are only one measure of our performance and success, but our communities should feel reassured that they remain some of the lowest figures in the country.

"As always, we will be looking at the data to see where we can improve and learn, working with our communities to further prevent crime and, at times, a disproportionate fear of crime."

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Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: 

"The figures demonstrate very clearly that Dorset continues to be one of the safest places to live, with a Force that punches above its weight.

"Although dealing with the ongoing coronavirus pandemic is clearly the priority, I will be examining these figures very closely and discussing with the Chief Constable what the Force is able to do better."  

The figures don't include any data relating to COVID-19 due to them only covering between January 2019-December 2019.

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DCC Lewis added:

"Any crime has a significant impact on a victim and we will always do everything possible to put the victim at the forefront of our minds and investigation.

"Policing has faced some significant challenges in recent years, but the fact Dorset remains safe is a complement to our staff, officers and partnerships with our communities.

"We will always seek to build on this to ensure communities are at the heart of everything we do."