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July 22, 2024

Starting at the beginning: tackling Violence Against Women and Girls

Last week I had the honour of delivering the opening address at an OPCC conference dedicated to tackling Violence Against Women and Girls (VAWG). Organised by my office, the event for education professionals including teachers, childcare staff, and those in the sector, focused on keeping our children and young people safe, with a specific focus on early years (0-11 years old).

It was an inspiring, informative, and supportive event, with brilliant expert speakers from services and organisations commissioned by the OPCC who are integral in tackling VAWG in Dorset. Each person commanded the room and delivered vital information to everyone there and I thank them for their valuable input.

My office deliberately focused this event on the very beginning of a young person’s life, as this is a pivotal period when children learn what healthy relationships and appropriate behaviours look like. This is when young people find out what is right and what is wrong. Sadly, for too many of them, this is also when problems start in their young lives. It is why early intervention by the people invited to this event among many others in Dorset, is key to dealing with behaviours which may later lead to harm.

Guests on the day heard from the Head of Violence Reduction at the OPCC, senior officers in Dorset Police who lead on Child Abuse as well as Vulnerability and VAWG, representatives from The Shores – Sexual Assault Referral Centre and STARS – Sexual Trauma and Recovery Service as well as Paragon’s Children’s and Young Persons Domestic Abuse Advocates. Organisations including Respected, Safempowerment, Acts Fast and The Pineapple Project were also represented, providing key information about their work to delegates throughout the day.

In my role scrutinising the work of Dorset Police, I have set-up a VAWG Scrutiny Panel which reviews the handling of public contact relating to VAWG cases such as rape, stalking and domestic abuse to ensure these reports are being handled appropriately. This panel sits alongside RASSO scrutiny panels to ensure investigation standards and victim service is maintained. I have also commissioned victim services including Victim Support, The Shores – Dorset Sexual Assault Referral Centre (SARC), and STARS Dorset to ensure high quality care for all victims of these distressing crimes. Significant Safer Streets funding has also been assigned to provide further support for initiatives to tackle VAWG across Dorset, building upon the work already being carried out by partners. You can learn more about the projects and services I have commissioned here:
Commissioned Projects 2023-24 · Dorset Police & Crime Commissioner (pcc.police.uk)

During the event, it was heartening to hear the enthusiasm for education being a key part of the solution. The message that positive, responsible education as opposed to a fear-based approach is key, is something I fully support. How we communicate with young people to tackle VAWG at an early age is crucial, and it was encouraging to hear the consensus from the delegates at this event.

Of course, we know that to protect women and girls from violence, we ultimately need a societal change in the way women and girls are treated. I want to be clear; this is not a ‘women’s issue’. Men need to be standing side by side with women, providing positive role models for young people. It is imperative that young people learn and understand what healthy relationships look like, and it was extremely encouraging to hear of the work already happening in some schools around this specific topic. While the positive influence of teachers, childcare providers, and those in positions of trust and influence are well placed to guide young people, it is not just their responsibility, it is incumbent upon all of us.

My team will be ensuring this successful event is not a one-off. We want to ensure long-term learnings, and improvements; not simply put a tick in a box. All the feedback we received will be reviewed and where possible, acted upon.

The work to stop Violence Against Women and Girls in Dorset is intensive, painstaking and evidence led. It involves community safety partnerships, multi-agency working and proper robust enforcement and scrutiny of the processes. As the Police and Crime Commissioner for Dorset, I am resolute in my dedication to tackling these abusive, destructive offences, and will continue to work with any group that wants to make Dorset a safer place for women and girls. Their safety is, and will continue to be, a key priority for all partners across our county and I am fully committed to delivering on this for the people of Dorset.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

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July 18, 2024

Force donates life-saving equipment to help protect communities from the UK’s biggest killer

Dorset Police has donated over 40 defibrillators to the charity AEDdonate to help in their fight to save lives against sudden cardiac arrest.

The Force holds a number of operational Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs) in case of emergency, but also stores a number of training devices that are used by the Operations Training Department to deliver real-life scenario inputs. The devices help the heart to re-establish an effective rhythm in cases of sudden cardiac arrest, which kills approximately 100,000 people a year in the UK.

The type of device owned by the Force has recently changed to a newer and more modern device so First Aid Co-ordinator Matt Lydford and Sergeants Lewis McQueen and Matt Silvey identified that these life-saving devices could be donated. In total 42 live AEDs and seven training AEDs have been presented to AEDdonate.

Assistant Chief Officer Jo Mosley, Director of People and Support Services, said: “While we must ensure that our medical equipment is kept up-to-date and modern so that this is most effective in emergencies, it is also important for us to be resourceful and continue to keep identifying opportunities to recycle and be more sustainable.

“I’m extremely proud of the Operations Training Department for using their initiative to donate these life-saving devices to a charity that does so much for our communities and works hard to keep people safe.”

Chief Executive Officer Jamie Richards, of AEDdonate, said: “I would like to extend my heartfelt gratitude to Dorset Police for their generous donation of 40 defibrillators. This significant contribution greatly enhances our efforts to support communities in need.

“Together, we can make a substantial impact on community safety and ensure more lives are saved in the event of sudden cardiac arrest.”

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Dorset Police - Media Team

Warning: Home Buying Scam Alert

Be careful when buying a house! Fraudsters are tricking people into sending money to the wrong place.

What's happening?
Scammers hack emails between house buyers and solicitors.
They monitor the email and watch and wait for when you're about to pay money.
They send fake emails telling you where to send your money.
Sometimes they even call you pretending to be your solicitor.
Scammers take advantage of the time-sensitivity in completion. They push you to send money quickly without checking if you're sending it to the right place.
People are losing an average of £47,000 to these scams.
Some people have lost over £250,000!

Who is at risk?
Everyone buying a house is at risk.
First-time buyers might be more likely to fall for these tricks.

How the scammers trick you:
They break into email accounts to get information.
They make fake email addresses that look real.
They pretend to be your solicitor on the phone.
They try to make you act quickly without checking.

How to stay safe:
Use strong passwords for your email and turn on extra security.
Always check payment details with your solicitor in person or by phone.
Be wary of urgent requests to pay money.
Look out for strange payment instructions or requests to split payments.
Don't trust email instructions about where to send money.
Visit Stay Safe Online for password manager advice.

If you think you've been scammed:
Call your bank right away and ask them to stop the payment.
Report it to www.actionfraud.police.uk
Change all your passwords and add extra security to your accounts.
Keep checking your bank account and credit report for anything odd.

Remember: It's okay to double-check everything when buying a house. A few extra minutes checking could save you thousands of pounds.

Stay alert, stay safe!

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Damian Cranny
(Dorset Police, Fraud Protect Officer, Dorset)

July 15, 2024

Taking action in Bournemouth - Clear, Hold, Build

This week I want to tell you about a scheme which officially launched in Bournemouth this weekend, aimed at reducing organised crime and improving community safety. ‘Bournemouth Together – The Clear, Hold, Build Strategy’ is a partnership project which has seen Dorset Police increase targeted activity to reduce criminal behaviour such as drug offences, antisocial behaviour, violent crime, and the exploitation of vulnerable people in the town centre.

The project is developed from the Clear, Hold, Build model, a national initiative from the Home Office which takes a three-phase approach focused on eliminating serious organised crime from an area, building community resilience, improving trust and confidence in the police, and making the area a safer place to live and work.

Dorset Police and South West Regional Organised Crime Unit (SW ROCU) are working closely with partners including Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole (BCP) Council to strengthen communities and prevent those at risk from being drawn into crime.

Since the project started with the ‘Clear’ phase in March, officers have been carrying out warrants and increased patrols in the Lower Gardens, West Cliff and Old Christchurch Road and have already seen success in removing organised crime groups from the streets. Forty-nine people have been arrested, with illegal drugs, vapes and tobacco products amounting to £200,000 also seized. As part of the work, 14 adults and five children have been safeguarded and are receiving support.

These results show why Bournemouth Together is such a crucial initiative. It is designed to make a real difference to the lives of those who live and work in Bournemouth town centre. I recognise the concerns about issues such as drug activity and anti-social behaviour in this area; that’s why I want to assure the public we are listening and working closely with our partners to ensure proper change takes place. Now is the time for robust action but we need your support to make sure these changes are permanent.

Partnership work is vital to the success of this initiative, and Dorset Police alongside BCP Council are working with partners including the Town Team, St Mungo’s homelessness charity and Bournemouth Town Centre Business Improvement District (BID), to provide reassurance that dealing with these issues is a priority, but also to encourage reporting of crime and anti-social behaviour.

Reporting incidents and intelligence is vital. The Clear, Hold, Build initiative needs community buy-in and we are all determined to deliver meaningful long-term change for the community. I am urging those who live and work in the town to contact us with information. Bournemouth is a safe place to live, work and visit, but if you want to see improvements, work with us, and help make the town centre even safer.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

Report your intelligence

Anyone wanting to provide intelligence should report it via the Dorset Police online service at www.dorset.police.uk/intelligence or by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency or if anyone is in immediate danger.

Your information will be treated as confidential, but if you prefer to report anonymously you can do so through Crimestoppers. You can call 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year on 0800 555 111 or use the non-traceable online form at https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

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July 12, 2024

Keyless Car Theft - Relay Theft

Vehicles fitted with keyless entry are susceptible to a type of theft called ‘relay theft’.

Cars with keyless entry unlock automatically when the key comes within a short distance of the car. This can be from inside a pocket or bag.

Any vehicle that uses keyless entry is at risk of relay theft. Keyless car theft or 'relay theft' is when a device is used to fool the car into thinking the key is close by. This unlocks the car and starts the ignition.

Thieves only need to be within a few metres of your car key to capture the signal, even if it’s inside your home. This means that even if your car and home are secure, thieves can still unlock, start and steal your car. It can take less than two minutes for thieves to gain full access to your vehicle.

Your vehicle is most vulnerable overnight, particularly if parked on your driveway or directly outside your home where most of these thefts occurs.

How to protect your keyless entry car

1. When at home keep your car key (and the spare) well away from the car.

2. Put the keys in a screened or signal-blocking pouch, such as a Faraday Bag and check if the bag or pouch is still working every few months.

3. Reprogram your keys if you buy a second-hand car.

4. Turn off wireless signals on your fob when it's not being used.

Additional physical security such as locks and immobilisers are still highly recommended.

For more information on preventing car and vehicle theft visit: https://www.dorset.police.uk/cp/crime-prevention/keeping-vehicles-safe/preventing-car-vehicle-theft/

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Natasha Radford
(Devon and Cornwall Police, Corporate Communications, Dorset)

WhatsApp Users: Beware of Group Chat Scams!

Action Fraud reports 636 victims this year alone! According to Action Fraud data, reports suggest the top three most frequently impacted group chat types are religious groups and work chats.

What can you do to avoid being a victim?

How the scam works:

Fraudster calls a group member, pretending to be another member
Claims to be sending a one-time passcode for an upcoming video call
Asks victim to share the passcode
Uses code to take over victim's WhatsApp account
Enables two-step verification, locking out the real owner
Messages contacts asking for urgent money transfers

Stay safe:

Set up two-step verification: Settings > Account > Two-step verification > Enable

NEVER share passcodes or verification codes

If a contact makes an unusual request, call them outside of WhatsApp to verify

Report suspicious messages: Press and hold message > Select 'Report'

Be extra cautious in large group chats

Remember: Your security is in your hands!

If you're a victim, report to Action Fraud at www.actionfraud.police.uk or call 0300 123 2040

Stay alert, stay safe!

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Damian Cranny
(Dorset Police, Fraud Protect Officer, Dorset)

July 5, 2024

Update – wanted Christchurch man has been located

Detectives have confirmed that a man wanted in connection with an alleged assault in Christchurch has been located and arrested.

Jordan McClay, aged 33 and from Christchurch, was wanted in connection with an incident in Hunt Road on Tuesday 11 June 2024.

Following enquiries by officers, he was located and arrested. He was subsequently released on police bail as detectives carry out further enquiries.

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Julie Heath
(Dorset Police, Dorset Alert Coordinator, Dorset)

CCTV appeal following theft and fraudulent use of a bank card across Dorset

Detectives investigating the theft and subsequent fraudulent use of a bank card are issuing CCTV images of a man they would like to identify.

Sometime between Monday 15 April and Monday 22 April 2024, a bank card and PIN number were intercepted in the post at an address in West Horsley in Surrey.

The bank card was subsequently used on Monday 22 April 2024 to make fraudulent withdrawals of cash from various Natwest bank branches in Dorset, Somerset and Hampshire, totalling £10,800.

Detective Constable Michael White, of Bournemouth police, said: “An investigation is underway to establish exactly when the bank card and PIN code documentation were stolen.

“As part of my enquiries, I have obtained CCTV images of a man believed to be using the stolen bank card and I would ask anyone with information about his identity to please come forward.”

View images here: https://news.dorset.police.uk/news-article/bd3c102c-f339-

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240077323.
Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously online at https://crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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Dorset Police - Media Team

Arrests following warrants in relation to reported sexual exploitation in Bournemouth

Detectives have made a number of arrests after executing a series of warrants as part of an investigation into reported sexual exploitation of female victims in Bournemouth.

The warrants were conducted at a number of addresses in the town on the night of Tuesday 2 July into the morning of Wednesday 3 July 2024, following detailed enquiries led by detectives from Dorset Police’s Safeguarding Hub into reports of sexual exploitation and human trafficking offences.

The investigation was assisted by the South West Regional Organised Crime Unit.

Two men aged in their 30s, a woman aged in her 30s and a woman aged in her 20s – all from Bournemouth – were arrested on suspicion of modern slavery offences and a money laundering offence. A fifth man, aged in his 30s and from Bournemouth, was arrested on suspicion of possessing a class A drug and possessing a class B drug with intent to supply.

All five have been released under investigation.

Cordons were put in place at the addresses as enquiries were carried out and potential evidence was secured. The investigation into this matter remains ongoing.

Detective Inspector Amy Wilson, of the Safeguarding Hub, said: “We take reported offences relating to sexual exploitation and human trafficking extremely seriously and we will continue to take positive action to identify those believed to be involved and safeguard those who are being exploited.

“We would also urge anyone who is the victim of modern slavery offences or any kind of exploitation to please come forward to report it to us, in the knowledge that you will be fully supported and we will thoroughly investigate the matter.

“Furthermore, we would urge members of the public to be vigilant of the signs that someone could be being exploited and to report any concerns to police.”

We would urge anyone who has information to report it to us online at www.dorset.police.uk, or by calling 101. If a crime is in progress, always call 999.

For more information on human trafficking and modern slavery, including how to spot signs and report concerns, visit https://www.dorset.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/ms/modern-slavery/.

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Dorset Police - Media Team

June 29, 2024

Operation Scorpion 8 - Hard-line approach sees more arrests and cash,
drugs and weapons seized across south west

More than 60 arrests were made across the south west and drugs worth more than £150,000 were seized in a week-long series of police raids it can now be revealed.

Huge quantities of crack cocaine, cannabis and heroin; weapons including a number of firearms, a Samurai sword, machete and knives, were also recovered in the latest phase of Operation Scorpion an initiative involving the South West’s five police forces.

Figures just released show that across the region there were:

64 arrests
£152,173 worth of drugs seized
£198,088 cash seized
29 weapons were seized
28 vulnerable people safeguarded
As well as a quantity of clothing, motorbikes and high value cars were also seized

For the full article please see the Dorset Police website here.

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Linzi Berryman
(Devon & Cornwall Police, Devon & Cornwall Alert Coordinator, Dorset)


Car parking scam

We have recently been made aware of a scam circulating in carparks. The scam involves using stickers of fake QR codes being placed over the legitimate QR codes on payment machines.

When scanning the code you are asked to enter the required details including car registration number and are then taken to a confirmation page telling you that your payment was successful. At this point the scammer has then been making unauthorised transactions and been taking money from people’s accounts.

The fake QR codes are much larger than authentic QR codes.

If using car parks which allow you to pay via this method please be vigilant and pay for your parking via another means if you suspect the QR code to be fake. And if you do come across one of these fake QR codes please report it to the company or local authority who manages the carpark.

If you do fall foul of this scam contact your bank immediately to secure your account and report the incident to Action Fraud.

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Bournemouth South Neighbourhood Policing Team


Taking a tough approach to make the south west #NoPlaceForDrugs

This week, the results of the latest phase of Operation Scorpion have been published. The most recent iteration of this vital campaign took place earlier this month, the eighth instalment of the regional operation to smash the drugs gangs bringing illegal substances into the south west.

I want to begin by thanking everyone involved in Operation Scorpion 8. In Dorset, the force returned another set of really good results. These, coupled with the success across the region, shows the real value of robust action, crucial community intelligence and enforcing the ring of steel around the south west.

Thanks to the intensive joint working between the five police forces – Dorset, Devon and Cornwall, Avon and Somerset, Gloucester and Wiltshire - along with the respective PCCs, British Transport Police, South West Regional Organised Crime Unit and the independent charity Crimestoppers, we have once again seen the effectiveness and potential of this crucial partnership.

From putting in place effective stop and search processes, arrests being made, knives and offensive weapons confiscated, drug-money seized, significant amounts of illegal drugs seized and importantly for me, mobile phones taken which disrupts further engagement, officers worked relentlessly to target criminality, take drugs off our streets, and protect the vulnerable.

Figures show that across the region there were:
64 arrests
£152,173 worth of drugs seized
£198,088 cash seized
29 weapons were seized
28 vulnerable people safeguarded
As well as a quantity of clothing, motorbikes and high value cars were also seized

In Dorset, officers worked intensively during the week of action, beginning with an intelligence-led operation which shut down a county line operating in the Bournemouth town centre area. This work resulted in the arrest of three men found with a mobile phone used to conduct illegal drug deals, as well as a large quantity of drugs. I was also pleased to join officers in Bournemouth during this week and see first-hand the work carried out on foot patrol targeting drug dealing in the Lower Gardens and town centre. I know how important it is for the public to see officers tackling this crime, and I was glad to have the opportunity to see this in action.

The Force also conducted safeguarding visits at the homes of vulnerable adults and victims of cuckooing. Twenty stop searches were conducted and nine people were arrested, resulting in the seizure of seven knives, two axes, £5,000 in cash, 17 mobile phones and a significant amount of heroin and cocaine. The mobile phones and the information stored in them are key to catching criminals further up the chain of supply and that’s what we all want to achieve; we all want to get to those at the top of the chain and stop organised crime groups from peddling their miserable trade in our county and across the south west.

Of course, while robust enforcement is key, Operation Scorpion is also about safeguarding the vulnerable people pulled into the world of illegal drugs and the misery that goes along with it. That’s why intelligence provided by the community is so important. It cannot be emphasised enough how vital it is to have the reports the public provide. Each one provides a different piece of the puzzle which enables Dorset Police to target their resources to where they are most needed.

Your information, no matter how insignificant you think it might be, could be the vital bit of intelligence the Force needs to shut down a county line and in turn tackle the offences such as shoplifting and anti-social behaviour we know are linked to the scourge of illegal drugs. I know the impact these harmful offences have on our communities in Dorset, and I am determined the crucial work to tackle the destruction these harmful substances create continues. That’s why I’m once again repeating the call for people to report their intelligence. It really does make a difference.

I am clear; Operation Scorpion will keep on keeping on. It will be absolutely relentless in its pursuit of crime and will not stop until we make our county and the whole of the south west region #NoPlaceForDrugs.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

How to report

Anyone with information about illegal drugs activity in Dorset should report it to Dorset Police online service online here www.dorset.police.uk/intelligence or by calling 101. Always call 999 in an emergency or if anyone is in immediate danger.

Your information will be treated in confidence, but of you prefer to report anonymously please do so through Crimestoppers. You can call 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year on 0800 555 111 or you can use the non-traceable online form here https://crimestoppers-uk.org/

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June 22, 2024

CCTV appeal following burglary in Christchurch

Officers investigating a burglary in Christchurch are issuing CCTV images of a man they would like to identify.

It is reported that between 10.25am and 10.40am on Thursday 23 May 2024 a man gained entry to the victim’s locker at the Anytime Fitness gym in Saxon Square and stole their gilet containing their mobile phone, car keys, house keys and wallet containing bank cards

Police Community Support Investigator Mike Cannings, of Bournemouth police, said: “Our investigation is continuing into this incident and I am now issuing CCTV images of a man I would like to identify.

“I would ask anyone who knows of his identity to please contact us.”

Images can be seen via the Dorset Police website here.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Dorset Police at www.dorset.police.uk or by calling 101, quoting occurrence number 55240079272.
Alternatively, independent charity Crimestoppers-uk.org or by calling Freephone 0800 555 111.

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Linzi Berryman
(Devon & Cornwall Police, Devon & Cornwall Alert Coordinator, Dorset)


How we're tackling shoplifting - an update

It is no secret that shoplifting offences have risen across the country, and sadly Dorset is not immune from this national surge. Retail crime is a major cause for concern, not just among business owners and retailers, but for the wider public. Today, I want to detail some of the significant work happening in Dorset to tackle this blight on our high streets.

I know business crime is not a victimless offence and I assure you I take it extremely seriously. Indeed it was a reason I stood for this role originally. From my regular conversations with business owners and leaders, I know the impact these harmful crimes not only have on business’ bottom lines, but on the staff and communities targeted. I am determined to bring about change, not only to drive down these offences but ensure businesses have increased confidence in reporting to police. This is vital as without crucial information and intelligence, police cannot target resources to specific areas, allowing criminals to operate freely without fear of consequence.

I know the rise in these offences nationally is largely attributed to drug addiction, organised crime, and prolific offenders, among other more localised factors. While in Dorset we have not seen the same organised crime group effect, we know goods have been stolen to order and then sold in other retail outlets. As many of you will know, my stance on drugs is robust and there is plenty being done to tackle illegal drugs in our county, such as Operation Scorpion and Operation Viper. Illegal drugs can inflict harm on our communities in so many ways and I am determined to drive out those bringing them into Dorset.

I have been very clear in my Police and Crime Plan that reducing shoplifting and retail crime is a priority. As part of this, one of the initiatives my office has launched is the Dorset Safer Business Partnership (DSBP). This is a strategic group consisting of my office, Dorset Police and local business lead representatives working together under four key areas – crime prevention, crime reporting, engagement and visibility, cyber-crime, and fraud.

Alongside the DSBP, my office has also introduced the UKPAC Crime Reporting Platform to Dorset. This unique, online information sharing system is helping to drive down low-level crime and antisocial behaviour across the UK. The system works by linking with Dorset Police and allowing easier building of evidential cases. Through working with UKPAC, and thanks to support from my Office, we have seen three Business Improvement Districts in Bournemouth town centre, Poole and Coastal come together to form a Business Crime Reduction Partnership. A grant for 200 retail businesses not part of BIDs to join the UKPAC system has also been made available. If you’re interested in signing up, just contact info@uk-pac.com. This service means the process of reporting non-urgent crime to the police is completed on a business’s behalf – all they must do is log the incident on UKPAC’s platform. The organisation then compiles the data and crimes reported by each member to help gain effective prosecution against repeat and prolific offenders.

The targeting of prolific offenders is fundamental to successfully tackling shoplifting in our county. At our recent meeting of the DSBP, members received an update from Dorset Police Chief Inspector Alyssa Forrest from the Force’s Investigation and Resolution Centre on Op Shopkeeper, a bespoke operation focused on shoplifting. Op Shopkeeper targets prolific offenders through identifying trends and hotspots. Dorset Police’s tactical plan is a whole system approach which rightly, starts with prevention. It operates across the whole of Dorset, and I am pleased to say is successfully tackling the prolific offenders we know commit the majority of retail crime in our county. For example, since November, Op Shopkeeper has targeted 23 prolific offenders, who have been charged with 312 shoplifting offences. As a result of this focused police work, greater sentences are being achieved in the courts, dealing with the true nature of the offending. One perpetrator was recently convicted for 54 shoplifts and sentenced to three years in prison and handed a four-year restraining order. This is just one of the incredible results we are seeing, with more to come.

But Dorset Police cannot tackle this alone; they need the help and intelligence from business owners and the community. The importance of reporting crime cannot be understated. Dorset Police need to know what is happening and where, in order to direct their resources. I am determined to drive down this crime in Dorset, and I know that by working together this is possible – we’re already seeing the results. I expect Dorset Police to investigate every shoplifting report and to attend where a suspect has been detained or there has been an assault against staff. If you’re a business owner or have information about a business crime, you can help by reporting, and if you have been a victim of retail crime, I would urge you to complete the theft packs and return it to Dorset Police. Without these packs, the police cannot prosecute.

I am clear; as well as the initiatives outlined above, Dorset Police have a robust plan in place to tackle these crimes - and it’s working. By working together, we can stop the damage shoplifting inflicts on our businesses and communities; enough is enough.

David Sidwick
Dorset Police and Crime Commissioner

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