Dorset police statistics over Christmas and New Year - crime falls

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By Margery_H | Tuesday, January 12, 2010, 08:29

An intensive campaign by Dorset Police to cut crime over the 2009 festive period has resulted in total recorded crime falling - with violent crime, vehicle thefts and criminal damage also reducing during December, compared to the previous year.

According to the annual British Crime Survey, Dorset Police has the highest national public confidence rating among the 43 police forces in England and Wales - people being asked if their police force is doing a good or excellent job.

Thanks to the continuing force-wide Operation Protect, during December 2009 total recorded crime fell by 3.7 per cent to 3,557 offences while violent crime fell by six per cent to 824 offences.

Assaults with less serious injury fell by 6.7 per cent to 332 offences.

Theft of vehicles fell by 20.5 per cent to 66 offences while criminal damage fell by 17.9 per cent to 699 offences.

During December 2009, anti-social behaviour fell by 8.8 per cent to 2,938 offences compared with December 2008.

The number of breath tests that were positive, failed or refused fell by 23 per cent - from 134 to 103 - during this year's drink drive campaign, between 1 December 2009 and 1 January 2010, when compared to the previous year.

The fall in total recorded crime and violent crime has been due to proactive and intelligence-led policing, multi-agency planning and working between Dorset Police, local councils, the Dorset Fire and Rescue Service as well as the ambulance service.

Superintendent David Griffith, of Dorset Police, said: "We are very grateful to all those members of the public who heard our advice and helped us to cut crime.

"Thanks to the efficient management of resources, police officers have continued to take proactive steps to reduce crime," he explained.

Over the New Year period - between 10pm on 31 December 2009 and 7am on New Year's Day 1 January 2010 - Dorset Police dealt with 459 incidents across the county.

Dorset Police also took 310 emergency 999 calls from the public, 305 of which were answered within ten seconds.

Between 10pm and New Year's Eve and 6.30am on New Year's Day 2010, there were 60 arrests, 12 less than during the same period the previous year.

Superintendent Griffith added: "This year was not our busiest ever New Year. Officers and staff carried out their duties in a highly professional manner - despite the provocation and violence offered by a small minority of troublemakers who were intent on ruining the occasion for others.

"I would like to thank people who staged responsible New Year's Eve events - including the provision of stewarding - and managed the venues for the benefit of the public at large.

"We will be relentless in our efforts to make Dorset even safer in 2010 but, as ever, we will continue to need the help of the public and our partners to achieve this," he explained.




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