THE number of reports of tyres being slashed across Dorset has remained largely the same over the past three years, according to police data.

Data for the period of January 1, 2018, to July 31, 2021, reveals the number of reports involving criminal damage to a vehicle involving tyres.

The total number of reports of people having their vehicle tyres vandalised in 2019 was 131.

In 2020, it had increased by more than five per cent to 138.

In the first half of 2021, 67 instances of tyre damage occurred during the period.

A spokesperson from Dorset Police said: “We understand that it is extremely frustrating for a motorist when damage is caused to their vehicle and we would encourage everyone to report all incidents of vehicle crime, not just tyre vandalism, to Dorset Police.

“Tyres have an impact on people’s accessibility to local services and support networks through limiting travel, as well as a financial impact, which can be difficult for some to manage at this time.

“Damaging a tyre could also have a serious impact on road safety and we take it very seriously and will seek to identify and deal with anyone who carries out the offence."

The spokesperson added: “There is no simple solution to prevent damage being caused to the tyres of a car.

"Also, there is no specific crime prevention advice that can be offered.

"To reduce the chances of your car being targeted you can consider parking it off road, but if you do not have access to off road spaces try parking under local lighting, near to a camera or on a road outside local properties.”

If you have been the victim of vehicle crime, or have witnessed any suspicious activity, you can contact Dorset Police at, via email or by calling 101.

If a crime is in progress or life in danger, always dial 999.