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Figures out this week show that reported crime has gone up nationally in the last year - and Dorset was no exception - with an 8% rise, the first rise in the county for ten years. Policing in Dorset has experienced £19m worth of budget cuts in five years and seen officer numbers reduced by two hundred since 2010.
In response the force is turning increasingly to new technology - as a cost effective way of of trying to keep up with the changing face of crime. But is it the answer? And will it reassure the public which consistently wants to see more bobbies on the beat? Martin Dowse reports.