Lowest crime rate in Bournemouth East for five years
December 2013 was the lowest month for recorded crime in Bournemouth East for almost five years.
Dorset Police recorded 334 crimes during that period – lower than any other month since April 2009. The highest number of crimes reported in Bournemouth East was 580 in August 2009.
Overall crime across Bournemouth East fell by 10 per cent between April 2013 to date, compared with the same time the previous year – resulting in 445 fewer victims of crime.
Neighbourhood Inspector Chris Weeks said: “I am encouraged by the latest crime statistics and believe this is due to the numerous initiatives taking place in the area to combat crime and anti-social behaviour. We have also received excellent intelligence from the community.
“While the statistics paint a good picture there is still work to be done and I am reminding residents to make sure they take some simple crime prevention steps to avoid becoming a victim of crime.
“A high percentage of theft from vehicle crimes happens because vehicles are left insecure. Please make sure you leave your car locked and remove all valuables. If you don’t – items will get stolen.
“I would also like to remind people to ensure their bicycles are locked when they are out and stored in secure sheds and garages at other times.
“As always, I would urge anyone with information to dial 999 if a crime is in progress or 101 if it is non-urgent. We do listen to the community and will take action against anyone who is committing crime and anti-social behaviour.”
Officers are continuing their good work engaging with the community through street meetings, public forums and on patrol.
This was highlighted last week – Wednesday 29 January 2014 – when officers spotted a man acting suspiciously in Springbourne. The man was stopped and searched and officers found a large quantity of cash and approximately 150 wraps of a suspected Class A drug.
Inspector Weeks says a range of targeted operations and initiatives are ongoing in Boscombe including:
- Operation Planet is a long term focus to remove street prostitution by targeting kerb crawlers and helping women most at risk. Since 2012, 400 kerb crawlers have been dealt with and have been either charged or sent on the Change rehabilitation course.
- Operation Hawthorn targets and tackles groups visiting Dorset to deal drugs. More than 165 drugs warrants have been carried out in Bournemouth East over the last year to disrupt the supply of drugs. Eight drug dealers were made the subject of an Anti-Social Behaviour Order in 2013 and a further five orders have been secured against individuals in December 2013 and January 2014 banning them from entering Dorset.
- A zone using dispersal powers under Section 30 of the Anti-Social Behaviour Act 2003 is in place covering the high street areas in Boscombe, Pokesdown and Southbourne and allows officers to direct anyone behaving inappropriately away from the area.
ISSUED: 7 February 2014