THERE have been an increase in thefts and criminal damage in Alderholt.

Police patrols in the area have been increased.

A spokesperson for Dorset Police said: “We have had an increase in reports of thefts in Alderholt and also criminal damage over the last week. Your local Neighbourhood Policing Team and Patrol Officers have already been increasing their patrols in the area.”

Residents have been urged to ensure tools are removed from vehicles overnight and sheds and outbuildings are locked.