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More Being Done to Tackle Vehicle Crime in Dorset

Martyn Underhill

12:30pm 25th January 2013

Dorset's new Police and Crime Commissioner has told Wessex FM more is being done to stamp out vehicle crime after the latest figures showed an 11% rise in offences.

Overall crime was shown to have fallen sharply in figures published yesterday (Thursday 24th January) by the Office for National Statistics.

Here in Dorset crimes against people and robbery was down across the board by up to 20%.

However, vehicle crime is on the rise and Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill told Wessex FM it's a significant concern that Dorset Police is working on improving; "I am concerned by vehicle crime but to be fair there's going to be a spike somewhere. The public told me during the election they were worried Police weren't attending incidents of vehicle crime. I've spoken to the force about it and now Officers attend many more incidents, it's just going to take time to filter through, but we're are tackling the issue".

Commenting on the overall crime statistics Underhill said the figures are great for our local area, the public and the force; "It shows our crime strategy with local partners is working and it's encouraging."

He thinks the presence of officers on the streets and local neighbourhood teams have helped keep crime levels down too; "Not only do Officers engage with the community but they reduce people's fear of crime which is very important."

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