Dorset is now the seventh safest area in the country after experiencing a rise in crime that is significantly lower than elsewhere in England and Wales.

Data released on Thursday 21 July 2022 by the Office for National Statistics shows that overall crime rose by 8.2 per cent in Dorset during the 12 months to 31 March 2022, which is almost half the national average rise of 15.9 per cent.

A rise in crime was inevitable due to the national lockdowns imposed on the country the previous year, and more normal comparisons between crime recorded in Dorset last year and the same time period before the pandemic show that overall crime has fallen by 5.8 per cent – from 54,016 crimes in 2019/20 to 50,890 crimes last year.

Chief Constable Scott Chilton said: “Dorset continues to be one of the safest counties in the country to live and visit and the rise in crime experienced here, compared to other parts of the country, has seen the Force move up two places to the seventh safest area in England and Wales.

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