Speedwatch will soon issue fines rather than letter

Speedwatch volunteers may soon issue fines

SPEEDING drivers who are dismissive of Speedwatch volunteers might like to pay a little more attention in future.

Dorset Police will be rolling out a dedicated officer who will move around to work with the county’s 600 Speedwatch helpers. That means it’s likely to result in more drivers getting a fine rather than a warning letter.

Chief Constable James Vaughan revealed the move when talking about his plans for the year ahead at Thursday’s county police and crime panel.

He said volunteers put in some 16,000 hours each year.

“There is a growing sense that they are a toothless tiger – but we will put some sting into that tail,” he said.

“We want to get a full time professional operator so people won’t know whether they will be getting a letter or a fine.”


From Bournemouth Echo 14th February 2019

2018 is Safest Year Ever On Dorset Roads

Since 2012, the number of people killed and seriously injured on Dorset’s roads has shown a sustained fall.

In 2012 it was 355, in 2018 with figures to be confirmed, it was 239, a reduction of slightly more than 32.

Slight or minor collisions have showed a similar reduction of a little over 30%.

An average of 378 people were killed or seriously injured on Dorset’s roads in the preceding 13 years (1999 – 2011), again showing a steady reduction to the present.

Chief Constable James Vaughan, Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill and Head of Roads Policing Chief Inspector Adrian Leisk have put the positive change down to active and intelligence led roads policing, investment of funds and resources and close partnership working.

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Tackling Rural Crime In Dorset – Fly-tipping and Speeding

Work is already underway in Dorset to tackle two key concerns highlighted amongst rural communities by a national survey. Respondents to the 2018 National Crime Survey identified fly-tipping and speeding as the crime types they were most concerned about.

Police and Crime Commissioner Martyn Underhill is a member of the National Rural Crime Network who commissioned the survey and is the national lead for fly-tipping. He said: “We have beautiful countryside right on our doorstep but it isn’t just attractive to us, it is also attractive to criminals.

“Fly-tipping blights our rural landscape and has a detrimental impact on the environment as well as generally being an eyesore.

“Fly-tipping is a complex issue and requires a multi-agency approach. The Problem Solving Forum I recently held on the issue brought together partners and agencies with Dorset Police to discuss the problem and a partnership action plan is now in place to tackle it.”

According to the survey, the percentage of Dorset respondents who thought speeding was a problem has reduced by over 30% since the last national rural crime survey in 2015. This is a greater reduction than was seen nationally where the figure has come down by only 21% over the same period.

Martyn Underhill continued: “For a small force, Dorset Police is already punching well above its weight in tackling driving related offences. It’s well known No Excuse team has had many successes in tackling the ‘fatal five’ driving offences in our county, of which speeding is one. The dedicated road safety team is even being replicated in other forces.

“The Force also works closely with community speedwatch groups and funds various initiatives to educate drivers from all backgrounds about the dangers of speeding.

“Road safety is an area Dorset Police has focused on and the work it is doing is making a difference. But 30% of Dorset respondents still feel that speeding is a problem so we cannot be complacent.”

Dorset Police has had a Rural Crime Team since 2016 as a result of one of the police and crime commissioner’s election pledges. The team is dedicated to tackling rural crime and issues, with a focus on crime prevention. They have trained fellow officers, call handlers and radio operators to ensure that the Force is dealing with reports of rural crime consistently and effectively.

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.

“The results of the survey also confirm what we already suspected – that rural crime is massively under-reported. We want to encourage people living and/or working in rural Dorset to report crime. There seems to be a culture of not reporting crime in some rural areas and this is something the Rural Crime Team is trying to address.

“I am pleased the percentage in Dorset of people living in rural areas not reporting crime is lower (28%) than the national figure (36%). Police cannot tackle crime if they are not made aware that it is happening in the first place. Similarly, intelligence is needed to help bring offenders to justice. It is therefore vital that the public come forward with information and report crime to help the police help victims.”

The National Rural Crime Survey received over 20,000 responses with more than 600 responses coming from Dorset residents.

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Vehicle Crime Broadstone

At 1.01pm Wednesday 25th of July 2018 onwards a theft from a stationary and unattended motor vehicle occurred in the Station Approach area of Broadstone, Poole. The offender(s) stole the vehicle keys from the victim’s bag and used them to access the boot of the vehicle to steal a purse.

If you saw or heard anything suspicious or have any information please call Dorset Police on 101 or ask.ned or Crime Stoppers on 0800 555 111 quoting occurrence number 55180118175.

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