Overall crime in Dorset declines - but serious sexual assaults increase
CRIME in Dorset fell by 8.6 per cent between April and June 2013.
Statistics released by the Home Office show 9,452 offences were recorded, compared to 10,337 for the same period last year.
Vehicle crime has fallen by 3.5 per cent, while dwelling burglary has seen a decrease of 12.7 per cent.
Assistant Chief Constable at Dorset Police David Lewis said: “I am delighted that crime continues to fall across the country.
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“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.
“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 break – from 500 to 513.”
The report shows anti-social behaviour has dropped by 6.7 per cent – with serious violent crime down by 15.4 per cent.
“I welcome the continued decline of overall crime in Dorset” added Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill.
“I am also delighted that one in four crimes are now being detected and I congratulate the Force on their performance.
"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.”