Poole is a town with a mix of tourism and industry. It has the largest natural harbour in Europe, Brownsea Island is one of the few sites where red squirrels survive, the beaches have won nineteen Blue Flag awards and two Premier Seaside Awards and its heathland is a Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The town is home to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Poole Pirates Speedway team and Sunseeker, the luxury motor yacht constructor. The Merck Group, the world's leading manufacturer of liquid crystals found in computers, watches and TV sets, has a centre for excellence in Poole. The RNLI also has its national headquarters in Poole and operates a fleet of lifeboats from there.
The introduction of Neighbourhood Policing Teams (NPTs) provides a regular and highly visible on-street presence, tackling issues of concern to the communities they serve.
Crime levels within Poole South have decreased during the past three years. There were 4,969 recorded crimes in 2010/11, 4,660 recorded crimes in 2011/12 and a small increase to 4,713 recorded crimes in 2012/13. This is an overall reduction in recorded crime of 5% over the past three years and represents 256 fewer victims of crime than there were three years ago.
The police at Poole South are committed to reducing crime and the opportunity for crime, as well as reducing anti-social behaviour. The policing takes place on many fronts: community policing, response, operations, partnership and investigations.
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