A leaflet of home safety tips will be given to new homeowners across Dorset.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner has collaborated with Dorset-based Estate Agents, Symonds & Sampson to produce an information leaflet giving proactive advice on how to help keep the home secure.

The leaflet provides key police-approved information on how to secure the home, as well as more detailed advice on safety within the property, outside the home, and for garages and outbuildings.

From October 2022 to September 2023, ONS crime statistics show Dorset saw a 5 per cent drop in the rates of residential burglary, surpassing the national average.

Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner, David Sidwick shared how, with this leaflet, he hopes the county will continue to be a safe place to live.

He said: “Everyone has the right to feel safe in their own home and that is why we have put this leaflet together.

"I want Dorset to be the safest county and with these simple steps, we can all help to protect ourselves and our properties."

Peter Grout-Smith, Residential Manager at Symonds & Sampson’s Poundbury Office added: “We are delighted to share the useful information within this leaflet with those moving to or within the area and will distribute it to those buying property and those moving into rented accommodation.

“We know that Dorset is a safe place to live, crime rates are low, and the Police and Crime Commissioner is committed to ensuring they continue to fall.”

Any other estate agents in Dorset who are interested in using this leaflet can get in touch with the office by emailing: pcc@dorset.pnn.police.uk