Ferndown Central

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Ferndown Central is a small metropolitan area in amongst the largely rural area of East Dorset. Based on the 2011 census we have a population of 26,559.

Ferndown Central is mostly residential with an emphasis on detached properties. There is a busy shopping district with diverse outlets serving the local population and visitors. There are also several sizeable industrial estates, drawing shoppers and workers from miles around.

With a main trunk road bisecting this neighbourhood, road safety will always be an issue to focus on.

With its high population within East Dorset, Ferndown Central has higher crime rates than the more rural areas of the section. However, in perspective, it is still very much a low crime area when compared with the rest of Dorset. On average, Ferndown Central suffers just over 500 recorded crimes per year.


Local priorities

Current priorities (last reviewed March 2018)     


  1.  Thefts of and from motor vehicles There has been a slight increase in thefts of vehicles and items from within the vehicles. We will be checking vehicles are secured during patrols and will attempt to contact registered vehicles if it has not been secured. Items being left on show within the vehicles are very tempting for opportunistic thieves and it doesn’t take long to grab these items and be gone.
  2. Online frauds and scams This continues to be the biggest risk to our local residents as the sums involved are often large. As a team we will continue to work with local organisations and warden controlled properties to educate the vulnerable and older members of the community.
  3. Breaks to sheds and outbuildings This continues to be an issue year round and county wide. We ask residents to ensure outbuildings are secured and that regular checks are made especially during the winter months when you may not be in the garden quite so often. Security lighting is always recommended and cameras are now relatively cheap and easy to use. Information regarding this is available from our volunteers within the Barrington Centre between 10am and 12pm Mon - Sat                                                                                                                                                                  


  1. Rogue Traders – The team has been very busy protecting the vulnerable amongst our community from the scams and criminals. We have been educating residents on current scams, patrolling and stop checking tradesman and working closely with trading standards to target those offenders.
  2. Anti-social behaviour….We have worked closely with other agencies to manage the offenders. ASB incidents have reduced significantly.


Resolved priorities and actions taken:

  1. Safer Cycling - NPT have used both social media and an engagement day in Ferndown where we have had funding from West Parley Neighbourhood Watch, the No Excuse Policing Team and Motabitz to give away cycle lights and safety equipment prior to a day of action concentrating on local cycling offences.
  2. ANTI SOCIAL BEHAVIOUR - Patrols have taken place in the King George playing fields, Penny's walk and the Heatherlands Estate. We are continuing to concentrate our evening shifts in these areas.


Get involved

Speak with the team at one of the following local events.

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Your inspector

Inspector Shawn Whitley 1919
Inspector Shawn Whitley 1919

Your local station

Ferndown Police Station Ameysford Road Ferndown BH22 9HQ

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Please note that the Ferndown Enquiry Office is CLOSED to the public. Please be assured that Police Officers will still be working in your area. If you wish to make a non-urgent enquiry, please either use the yellow telephone or dial 101 from any other telephone. For all emergency calls please call 999. Many thanks for your co-operation and apologies for any inconvenience.

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Ferndown Central

Neighbourhood Policing Team

PCSO Laura Whalley
PCSO Laura Whalley
PC Stephen Knight
PC Stephen Knight
PS Tim Travers
PS Tim Travers
What we do

Neighbourhood policing improves the quality of life within Dorset communities. Working together with partner agencies and problem-solving with local people and groups, we will target the policing issues that matter most in your area.

Get in touch with us today to raise any issues you have and to find out what priorities we are currently working on. This is your chance to influence the service that the police, and our partners, provide.

You can contact us via the Dorset Police website or social media, where we also promote upcoming meetings and events. We are based at: Ferndown Police Station Ameysford Road Ferndown BH22 9HQ.

In an emergency

The Neighbourhood Policing Team works with colleagues across Dorset Police, but does not respond to emergency calls. If a crime is in progress or life is in danger, always dial 999 immediately, so we can help you as quickly as possible.

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