This comes after anti-social behaviour peaks as more crimes are closed with no suspects.
Crimes in Poole Town have increased, especially anti-social behaviour leading the residents to question whether the police are doing their job.
Poole Resident Dave Barker said: “I never see the police walking around and sometimes I feel threatened.”
Poole Town Safer Neighbourhood Team work to increase public confidence by reducing not only crime in the area but also the fear of crime. They aim to deter anti-social behaviour and improve the physical appearance of the town.
Josh Potterton, who works at The Lord Nelson pub, said: “Crime is becoming more apparent in the area, especially anti-social behaviour.”
In September 2016 there was a total of 6,137 crimes in Poole with 2,332 related to anti-social behaviour, 327 of these crimes were resolved with no suspect.
Landlady Liz Griffiths of The Portsmouth Hoy in Poole Quay, explained:
“They do a good job, but I don’t see them much.”
Dorset police received a 41% cut in funding effecting the number of frontline officers available in the early hours.
Poole Town councillor Andy Garner-Watts emphasised: “The police do a great job, Poole is a safe area however the statistics do not lie.”
Holly Dunning, who works at the Rope and Anchor pub stated: “Lots of fights break out at the taxi rank and the police do not go over there. By the time they decide to arrive its too late.”
The Poole Team still aim to provide regular and high visible presence, tackling issues of concerns to the community.