Crime up in Dorset after police cuts

Crime up in Dorset after police cuts

ON PATROL: Officers at work

MORE CRIME: Dorset Police Federation chairman Clive Chamberlain

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CRIME in Dorset is rising as savage cuts to the police force take hold, it has emerged.

Inspectors found that in the first year of savage cuts being forced on Dorset Police there was a rise in general crime locally as well as increases in robbery and burglary.

Communities fear this will only get worse while the Dorset Police Federation said the cuts to services were ‘sheer lunacy.’ Dorset Police is set to lose 21 per cent of its officers – more than twice the national average.

Numbers will be slashed by 310 despite the force being one of the few with a rising crime rate.

And a further 270 staff and Police Community Support Officers will be cut to ensure the force saves £20million between March 2011 and March 2015.

There are also plans to close eight front counters.

The Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) report examined police forces a year on from when cuts were announced.

It revealed 5,800 officer posts will be lost across England and Wales but Dorset is losing a higher proportion than most others.

The report also showed crime in the county went up two per cent in the year to December 2011, compared with an average three per cent fall.

Crime figures rose in just 11 of the 43 police forces’ areas in England and Wales.

Victim-based crime in Dorset went up three per cent, robbery eight per cent and burglary two per cent.

The HMIC report said: “The first job of the police is to reduce crime and keep the peace, and in 2010 Home Secretary Theresa May stated she expects forces and authorities to make cuts while still reducing crime, and without impacting on the front line.”

Victims of crime said they were unsurprised by the figures, having seen first-hand how the service has been affected by cuts.

Reg Potter, whose Sutton Poyntz home was burgled last year, said: “I’m relatively new to the area, and I’m amazed at the level of crime there is here.

“Everyone here knows someone who was burgled, everyone here has a story to tell about violence.

“It’s really bad that they’re cutting the police force. They need to stop. But what do we do? Will our voices be heard?

“What happened to me has really affected my life. But I don’t feel like there is any justice for that.

“And unfortunately the hands of the police officers are tied too.”

Littlemoor resident Tony Alee, 69, said: “I think the figures are accurate – I believe the level of crime has gone up.

“I had trouble on Friday night when someone punched my motor home parked outside my house.

“Another resident had the wing mirror knocked off their car.

“There’s no response to crime by the police. On Friday they did get here within about 15 minutes, which I thought was quite reasonable for a Friday night.”

Liz Jackson, also of Littlemoor, said: “The hands of the police officers are tied. Their resources are stretched.”

Littlemoor resident Jan Hinton said: “I don’t know about Dorset in general, but I know crime has gone down in Littlemoor, which of course is a good thing.”

Dorchester town councillor David Taylor, a member of the town’s Crime Prevention Panel, said: “The local force was reduced quite substantially last year in terms of recruitment and PCSOs.

“But if something is going on we can still deal with it pretty quickly and Dorchester has quite a low level of crime. People need to be vigilant and aware.”

Assistant Chief Constable of Dorset (Operations) James Vaughan said latest figures showed that crime had reduced and that crime levels are now at a 14-year low.

He described the increase in crime for the year ending December 2011 as a “blip.”

Mr Vaughan added that any front counters that have been closed or had their hours reduced have been replaced by other facilities in the community.

'Cuts are sheer lunacy'

CHAIRMAN of the Dorset Police Federation Clive Chamberlain said: “At a time when crime is rising, for a government to force cuts on the police force is absolute sheer lunacy.

“Less police officers equals more crime.”

He added that sustaining a police force to protect the country is among the government’s ‘first duty’.

“We have never said we can’t cut the police. We have to take our fair share like everyone else, but they have done it to such a magnitude.”

Mr Chamberlain said crime was rising despite individual officers ‘doing their utmost’ in the face of the cuts.

“The problems will get worse and rural areas will suffer the most.

“I find it deeply worrying as a member of the community and a police officer. I think what they are doing is criminal.”

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11:44am Tue 3 Jul 12

maximan says...

dog bites man story....water flows faster when the hole in the bucket is bigger?
dog bites man story....water flows faster when the hole in the bucket is bigger? maximan
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11:51am Tue 3 Jul 12

RobinofLocksley says...

“I find it deeply worrying as a member of the community and a police officer. I think what they are doing is criminal.”
Huh?
“I find it deeply worrying as a member of the community and a police officer. I think what they are doing is criminal.” Huh? RobinofLocksley
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12:24pm Tue 3 Jul 12

pigfarmer says...

Sack the no excuse campaign and put those involved back on the beat.
Sack the no excuse campaign and put those involved back on the beat. pigfarmer
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12:54pm Tue 3 Jul 12

stench says...

Littlemoor resident Jan Hinton said: “I don’t know about Dorset in general, but I know crime has gone down in Littlemoor, which of course is a good thing.”

Crime in littlemoor has gone down? just cars being set on fire most nights then...
Littlemoor resident Jan Hinton said: “I don’t know about Dorset in general, but I know crime has gone down in Littlemoor, which of course is a good thing.” Crime in littlemoor has gone down? just cars being set on fire most nights then... stench
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1:40pm Tue 3 Jul 12

AManFromMars says...

Strange that we are constantly told that crime is being reduced by the police, yet suddenly when their jobs are on the line a sudden rise..
More likley the figures are massaged to fulfill whichever political whim is required that day, much the same as the jobless, health and schools.
Strange that we are constantly told that crime is being reduced by the police, yet suddenly when their jobs are on the line a sudden rise.. More likley the figures are massaged to fulfill whichever political whim is required that day, much the same as the jobless, health and schools. AManFromMars
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2:26pm Tue 3 Jul 12

westham boy says...

When I was growing up my parents always used to say that a lot of the police were bl**dy crooks. If that many of them are losing their jobs and have more time on their hands then it stands to reason that crime is going to rise. Someone employ them quickly to reduce the crime rate. Perhaps they could all be security guards at the Olympic events.
When I was growing up my parents always used to say that a lot of the police were bl**dy crooks. If that many of them are losing their jobs and have more time on their hands then it stands to reason that crime is going to rise. Someone employ them quickly to reduce the crime rate. Perhaps they could all be security guards at the Olympic events. westham boy
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2:37pm Tue 3 Jul 12

cj07589 says...

Pigfarmer...... great idea but solving crime doesn't bring in the easy revenue like sitting in a van eating donuts and shooting fish in a barrel does. Goes to prove that the no excuse campaign is about cash generation rather than improving safety as they claim.
Pigfarmer...... great idea but solving crime doesn't bring in the easy revenue like sitting in a van eating donuts and shooting fish in a barrel does. Goes to prove that the no excuse campaign is about cash generation rather than improving safety as they claim. cj07589
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2:57pm Tue 3 Jul 12

not too distant says...

A fully intended consequence. Nothing is unexpected, everything is planned for. Never forget that we are the cattle, not the farmer.
A fully intended consequence. Nothing is unexpected, everything is planned for. Never forget that we are the cattle, not the farmer. not too distant
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4:01pm Tue 3 Jul 12

NEWHOP says...

In the last five years I have had to report two crimes and the only action was that I received a crime number. Too much media coverage of cuts and not enough real savings on waste. I agree with more action and less talk. I think we need to stop reading about so called police action and start to see it on the streets.Stop the purchase of expensive foreign cars and start helping our own country and purchase items made in the UK. That is what we need to do to reduce costs
In the last five years I have had to report two crimes and the only action was that I received a crime number. Too much media coverage of cuts and not enough real savings on waste. I agree with more action and less talk. I think we need to stop reading about so called police action and start to see it on the streets.Stop the purchase of expensive foreign cars and start helping our own country and purchase items made in the UK. That is what we need to do to reduce costs NEWHOP
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4:57pm Tue 3 Jul 12

jusphil says...

Just get them out of there nice new cars, off there fat arses and back on the beat and then the crime rate might just catch some criminals not just motorists.
Just get them out of there nice new cars, off there fat arses and back on the beat and then the crime rate might just catch some criminals not just motorists. jusphil
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5:00pm Tue 3 Jul 12

IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE says...

Yes, it was amazing that no accidents or incidents along Littlemoor Road had been reported before both marked and unmarked police cars were parked along there. Often when they stopped cars, there were the two vehicles at the roadside on the eastern end of Littlemoor road where it is narrowest.
Yes, it was amazing that no accidents or incidents along Littlemoor Road had been reported before both marked and unmarked police cars were parked along there. Often when they stopped cars, there were the two vehicles at the roadside on the eastern end of Littlemoor road where it is narrowest. IDONTKNOWIFITISTRRUE
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5:03pm Tue 3 Jul 12

westham boy says...

NEWHOP wrote:
In the last five years I have had to report two crimes and the only action was that I received a crime number. Too much media coverage of cuts and not enough real savings on waste. I agree with more action and less talk. I think we need to stop reading about so called police action and start to see it on the streets.Stop the purchase of expensive foreign cars and start helping our own country and purchase items made in the UK. That is what we need to do to reduce costs
Have faith in the police NEWHOP. Only last weekend in the pub I overheard someone telling the story that the police had called him to say that they had found a match for fingerprints that were left at the scene of his burglary. It turned out that they belonged to a local weymouth man. Only problem was that he was on their records as deceased!!!
I suppose they should be able to find him easy enough then.
[quote][p][bold]NEWHOP[/bold] wrote: In the last five years I have had to report two crimes and the only action was that I received a crime number. Too much media coverage of cuts and not enough real savings on waste. I agree with more action and less talk. I think we need to stop reading about so called police action and start to see it on the streets.Stop the purchase of expensive foreign cars and start helping our own country and purchase items made in the UK. That is what we need to do to reduce costs[/p][/quote]Have faith in the police NEWHOP. Only last weekend in the pub I overheard someone telling the story that the police had called him to say that they had found a match for fingerprints that were left at the scene of his burglary. It turned out that they belonged to a local weymouth man. Only problem was that he was on their records as deceased!!! I suppose they should be able to find him easy enough then. westham boy
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5:40pm Tue 3 Jul 12

wessex-andy says...

Police cuts????

It's such a long time since we actually saw a police constable where we live that if one were to walk past our house, we wouldn't recognise what it was because we've forgotten what they look like.

As it is, they tend to pass our house in their nice warm car travelling at speed with lights flashing and sirens blaring. Why is it that they need 5 or 6 police cars to attend a vehicle accident? One gets the impression that they are incapable of working on their own.
Police cuts???? It's such a long time since we actually saw a police constable where we live that if one were to walk past our house, we wouldn't recognise what it was because we've forgotten what they look like. As it is, they tend to pass our house in their nice warm car travelling at speed with lights flashing and sirens blaring. Why is it that they need 5 or 6 police cars to attend a vehicle accident? One gets the impression that they are incapable of working on their own. wessex-andy
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7:15pm Tue 3 Jul 12

a1walpole says...

is it any wonder crimes up!!, only a month or two ago it was reported in this paper that something like 80% of crime goes undetected even punished, so perhaps jonny burglar and his posse have decided to pitch up to fill their blag bags!! knowing if they don't speed, and wear their seat belts they can make good their ecsape. no excuse!!
is it any wonder crimes up!!, only a month or two ago it was reported in this paper that something like 80% of crime goes undetected even punished, so perhaps jonny burglar and his posse have decided to pitch up to fill their blag bags!! knowing if they don't speed, and wear their seat belts they can make good their ecsape. no excuse!! a1walpole
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9:22pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Laadeeda says...

Crime up.

Police numbers down.

Is anyone actually shocked by this revelation?
Crime up. Police numbers down. Is anyone actually shocked by this revelation? Laadeeda
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10:03pm Tue 3 Jul 12

Hardy Lass says...

1) Perhaps bad families are being rewarded by being rehomed in South Dorset-

2) I'll repeat that again-

Perhaps cash incentives are being given to all local councils to accept problem families from other parts of the country-

3) The on going drug and alcohol problems and state financial dependence and the many ex offenders who decide to remain in South Dorset after their release puts pressure on police resources.
1) Perhaps bad families are being rewarded by being rehomed in South Dorset- 2) I'll repeat that again- Perhaps cash incentives are being given to all local councils to accept problem families from other parts of the country- 3) The on going drug and alcohol problems and state financial dependence and the many ex offenders who decide to remain in South Dorset after their release puts pressure on police resources. Hardy Lass
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7:40am Wed 4 Jul 12

SILVERMAN says...

What a surprise
What a surprise SILVERMAN
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4:12pm Mon 9 Jul 12

JamesYoung says...

Hardy Lass wrote:
1) Perhaps bad families are being rewarded by being rehomed in South Dorset-

2) I'll repeat that again-

Perhaps cash incentives are being given to all local councils to accept problem families from other parts of the country-

3) The on going drug and alcohol problems and state financial dependence and the many ex offenders who decide to remain in South Dorset after their release puts pressure on police resources.
I think they are....maybe not direct to councils, but didn't Cameron introduce a scheme whereby people moving "to find work" would get put to the top of the list for social housing? Maybe the arsonists have part time jobs?
[quote][p][bold]Hardy Lass[/bold] wrote: 1) Perhaps bad families are being rewarded by being rehomed in South Dorset- 2) I'll repeat that again- Perhaps cash incentives are being given to all local councils to accept problem families from other parts of the country- 3) The on going drug and alcohol problems and state financial dependence and the many ex offenders who decide to remain in South Dorset after their release puts pressure on police resources.[/p][/quote]I think they are....maybe not direct to councils, but didn't Cameron introduce a scheme whereby people moving "to find work" would get put to the top of the list for social housing? Maybe the arsonists have part time jobs? JamesYoung
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