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Total crime in Dorset is down - Along with violent, sexual, robbery, criminal damage and drug offences

Total crime in Dorset has fallen – along with violent, sexual, robbery, criminal damage and drugs offences – according to latest police force performance statistics released by the Government’s Home Office.

And the independent British Crime Survey of the public reveals that Dorset Police remains the best out of the 43 forces in England and Wales for dealing with local people’s concerns.

Today, Thursday, 21 January 2010, the Home Office released police force performance statistics covering the period October to September 2009 compared with the same period during 2008.

Robbery in Dorset fell by 9.9 per cent – making it the eighth best performing force out of the 43 in England and Wales and the best out of Dorset’s most similar police forces – while total recorded crime fell by 2.5 per cent.

Criminal damage fell by 5.8 per cent, violence against the person without injury by 9.3 per cent, violence against the person by 5.2 per cent, drug offences by 5.1 per cent.

The latest performance figures from Dorset Police comparing April to December 2009 with the same period during 2008 – are a 20 per cent drop in robbery, a 17.8 per cent fall in most serious violent crime and a 2.8 per cent fall in total recorded crime.

There was also an 8.5 per cent drop in criminal damage, a 3.5 per cent fall in vehicle crime and a three per cent drop in total violent crime.

According to the British Crime Survey which covers the year to September 2009, 63.8 per cent of people think Dorset Police deals with local concerns, making Dorset the best performing force in England and Wales for that issue.

Some 9.9 per cent of people say there is a high level of perceived anti-social behaviour, making Dorset the eighth best performing force in England and Wales – and the top performing force among its family of five most similar forces.

Dorset is the fourth best force in England and Wales – and the top in its family of most similar forces – for people’s perception of drug use and drug dealing as well as anti-social behaviour.

Assistant Chief Constable Mike Glanville - © Dorset Police All Rights ReservedSome 17.6 per cent of people said there was a big problem with drugs while 18.8 per cent of people in Dorset said there was a big problem with drunk and rowdy behaviour.

According to the British Crime Survey, 51.6 per cent of people in Dorset agreed that the police and local councils were dealing with issues, making Dorset the twelfth best performing force in England and Wales.

Dorset’s most similar forces – as defined by the Government’s Home Office – are Hampshire, Sussex, Surrey and Thames Valley.

Dorset Police Assistant Chief Constable, Mike Glanville, said: "We are very satisfied with the latest set of performance figures, particularly the further reduction in overall crime which has been consistently falling over the past four years.

"I am also delighted that violent crime continues to fall alongside offences such as robbery and serious sexual violence.

"Dorset Police continues to work very hard with its partners and local communities to reduce crime and this commitment is reflected in these recent performances figures.

"Dorset continues to be one of the safest places in the country to live and public confidence in our service remains very high when compared to other forces," explained Mr Glanville.