The 2018 National Rural Crime Survey
The police and crime commissioner encouraged people to make their voices heard by completing the 2018 National Rural Crime Survey.
The survey, conducted by the National Rural Crime Network, covered a range of issues facing rural communities.
Dorset respondents to the survey identified fly-tipping and speeding as the crime types they were most concerned about and work is already underway to tackle them.
For example, the police and crime commisisoner recently held a fly-tipping problem solving forum, bringing together muliple agencies to help address the issue. There are also a number of initiatives aimed at reducing speeding in Dorset including the work of Dorset Police's No Excuse team and various community speedwatch groups.
Dorset Police has had a Rural Crime Team since 2016 as a result of one of the police and crime commissioner’s election pledges. According to the survey approximately half (47%) of all Dorset respondents were aware of the specialist Rural Crime Team, compared to just 32% of respondents nationally who were of aware of their local rural crime teams.
Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill said: “Almost half of Dorset’s residents live in rural areas and it is important that they are engaged and their voices are heard. Having met with a number of farmers, rural business owners and residents on my patrol visit with the Rural Crime Team earlier this year, it is clear that progress has been made in reducing the fear of rural crime in Dorset.”