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Dorset Police records 8.6% fall in crime
DORSET Police says it has recorded an 8.6 per cent drop in crime in the latest Home Office figures to be released.
They cover April to June this year and in all 9,452 crimes were recorded, compared to 10,337 in the same period in 2012.
Domestic burglary was down 12.7 per cent, from 497 to 434 and vehicle crime was down 3.5 per cent from 1,172 to 1,131.
Police said anti-social behaviour went down 6.7 per cent, with 572 fewer incidents, while serious violent crime was 15.4 per cent down.
The number of crimes solved – known as the Positive Outcome Rate – were up to 24.8 per cent from 21.1 per cent.
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.
“There were also 63 fewer burglaries which is also a particular focus for us through Operation Castle.
“Despite these encouraging statistics we are not complacent, and there are challenges that the force is working to overcome as we head towards 2014.
“There were 18 more serious sexual offences compared to the same period last year, and we also saw a slight increase in the number of shed and garage breaks, from 500 to 513.”
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill added: “I welcome the continued decline of overall crime in Dorset.
“I am also delighted that one in four crimes are now being detected and I congratulate the force on its performance. When I was elected the detection rate was one in five. I am confident that the force will reach the target I set them, of one in three crimes being detected by the end of my term.
“Operation Advance is really helping the force to investigate crime more efficiently and effectively, leading to more crimes being detected.”
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