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Community safety

Dorset Community Safety Partnership

Dorset Community Safety Partnership is committed to tackling not only crime and the fear of crime, but also the causes of crime.

Hate crimes

Everyone has the right to live free from fear, prejudice and violence, regardless of their race, colour, nationality, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or any other difference. You can find more information, including how to report a hate crime here

Home security

Most burglars are opportunists and they will look for unlocked doors or opened windows to get in. Distraction burglary is when someone comes to your front door to keep you busy while an accomplice tries to get into your home. Older people are particularly vulnerable to distraction burglary.

Age UK North, South & West Dorset has information on how to keep your home secure.

The Safer Neighbourhood Team at your local police station also offer advice.

Neighbourhood Watch Schemes play a vital part in preventing crime. Statistics show that you are less likely to be burgled if you belong to this scheme.

Age UK's handyperson service can check the security in your home. They can fit window locks and door chains.

Rogue traders and doorstep sellers

Rogue traders are dishonest tradespeople who turn up unannounced and try to persuade you to buy a product or service.  Common examples include general building work, gardening, roofing, insulation and driveways.   

If you feel you are being pressured into having work done or buy goods you do not want, ask the trader to leave. It is an offence for the trader to stay at your home once you have asked them to leave. If you feel at all threatened by the trader then telephone 999.

Request a free sticker for your door to deter doorstep traders.

Finding a Trading Standards approved trader you can trust

There are three ways you can find an approved trader you can trust:


Scams are fraud to con you out of your money or possessions. They can come to you by email, online, telephone calls, post or door-to-door traders.

Citizens Advice has information about many different types of scams. You can learn how to stay safe, ask for advice, check if something is a scam and see if you can get your money back.

Age UK North, South & West Dorset has information on how to avoid scams.

Contact the Mailing Preference Service to have your name taken off direct mailing lists in the UK.

Report a scam

Friends Against Scams

Friends Against Scams is a national scheme to help people better understand about scams. It is supported by Dorset Council Trading Standards who are a Friends Against Scams Organisation.

By visiting the website you can learn about scams, how to spot them and who to report them to. This will help you to understand scams better and to talk with other people about the danger of scams.

You can become a ‘Friend’, joining over 2000 people in Dorset who already have.

Loan sharks

The Money Advice Service has information about illegal money lenders known as loan sharks.

You can report someone you have been approached by if you think they are a loan shark. Call the police on 999 if you are in immediate danger.

Report a loan shark

We have advice on borrowing money.

Anti-social behaviour

Anti-social behaviour from neighbours or other people can be stressful and frightening. Anti-social behaviour can include:

  • loud noise
  • verbal abuse, intimidation or harassment
  • vandalism, property damage and graffiti
  • animal nuisance
  • rowdy or inconsiderate behaviour
  • dumping rubbish

It is a good idea to keep a record of incidents. Make a note of what happened, when it occurred and who was involved. This may help when making a complaint so you have a clear record of what anti-social behaviour has taken place.

Report anti-social behaviour

Race hate crime

Dorset Race Equality Council can help you if you have been a victim of race hate.

Dorset Race Equality Council provides information, advice and guidance to new and existing Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) community groups and people. We encourage local individuals to get involved in their community and celebrate different cultures. We also organise and attend a broad range of events and forums that enable us to promote equality, diversity and inclusion and listen to what the public has to say about these issues.

Modern slavery

Modern slavery Act 2015 encompasses slavery, servitude, forced and compulsory labour and human trafficking. There is no typical victim of slavery. Victims can be men, women or children of all ages and nationalities.

Information on modern slavery

Terrorism and violent extremism

Prevent is about safeguarding people and communities from the threat of terrorism and violent extremism. Prevent is part of CONTEST, the Government’s counter-terrorism strategy. It aims to stop people becoming terrorists or supporting terrorism.

Information on terrorism and violent extremism