The official crime statistics for England and Wales in 2019 have been released today.
The Office for National Statistics has revealed that crimes reported in Dorset have increased by 2% since 2018.
Of the 54,000 crimes committed in Dorset, 19,000 were violence based.
Dorset also saw an 11% rise in sexual-based offences, one of the highest crime increase rates in the country, with over 2,000 cases recorded.
Vehicle offences also saw a significant rise, with 19% more offences happening in the year ending September 2019 compared to previous.
Despite this, residential burglaries fell by 5% in the whole of England, also decreasing by 10% in the South West area.
To see the full list of statistics, go to Office for national statistics’ website and click on year ending September 2019.