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Crime Rates Fall In Dorset

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7:02am 29th March 2013

Crime has fallen in Dorset.

Over rates are down by 16% compared with 2011 to 2012.

The biggest fall was in criminal damage - which includes arson and anti- social behaviour - which saw a reduction of 30% compared to the previous year.

Assaults - not including domestic violence - and acts of violence causing injury fell by 20%.

There were also fewer burglaries, thefts from vehicles and robberies committed between last April and this February, compared to the previous year.

Based on Home Office estimates of what an assault costs the taxpayer, this reduction provides a cost saving of £2million for this financial year.

Councillor Ray Nottage, chair of Dorset Community Safety Partnership, said:

"It's great that we continue to reduce crime in Dorset. This is down to a number of organisations who are working together day in, day out to reduce crime and disorder.

"While these figures are really positive, there is still crime and people should not become complacent. The partnership aims to raise awareness of what people can do to keep themselves and their properties safe and secure."

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