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Fall in most types of crime
12:00pm Tuesday 18th September 2012 in News
DORSET enjoyed a lower crime rate across most types of crime in the last quarter.
Figures for most kinds of crime and antisocial behaviour were lower between April and June than in the previous year.
Dorset Community Safety Partnership says non-domestic assault with injury saw the biggest reduction, with 215 offences in the county between April and June compared to 297 in the same period last year.
Levels of serious acquisitive crime, which includes burglary, theft of and from vehicles, and robbery, have also dropped, with 106 fewer offences in April to June compared to last year. This shows a reduction of almost 17 per cent.
There have also been marked reductions in criminal damage offences, including arson, and incidents of antisocial behaviour.
While a number of factors are likely to have contributed to these reductions, it is believed that neighbourhood policing and increased community work by partner agencies have had a positive impact.
Councillor Ray Nottage, chairman of Dorset Community Safety Partnership, said: “It’s great to see that levels of crime have fallen.
“This is an excellent achievement, given the challenge of maintaining low levels of crime in the current economic climate.”