Dorset remains the sixth safest area in the country after experiencing a rise in crime that is notably lower than other parts of England and Wales.

The Office for National Statistics released data on Thursday 26 January 2023, which shows that overall crime rose by 5.5 per cent in Dorset during the 12 months to 30 September 2022. This increase is significantly less than the national average of 12.6 per cent and puts Dorset as the sixth safest area in the country.

A rise in crime was expected in this data due to these figures being compared to the same time period in 2020 and 2021 when crime fell as a direct result of the national and regional COVID-19 lockdowns.

During this latest period business and community burglary figures fell by 12.7 per cent in Dorset, a marked contrast to a national rise of over 17 per cent. Stalking and harassment fell by 0.5 per cent, compared to a national rise of 4.5 per cent, and in Dorset reports of robbery remained static, while there was a national rise of 15.2 per cent.

Dorset, as is mirrored in other parts of the country, has seen an increase in reported rape and sexual offences. This can in part be attributed to a boost in confidence of victims choosing to report matters to us and we continue to make violence against women and girls, and sexual violence a priority across the Force.

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On 28 February 2023 the Digital Crime and Performance Pack is launching on the His Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services (HMICFRS) website. This will allow members of the public to see the progress Dorset Police is making against the National Crime and Policing Measures aligned to the latest ONS data.