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BH Post Code Burglary Rates

You will be pleased to know that the Ferndown area is towards the bottom of the range when it comes to burglary, both nationally and within the Bournemouth or BH post code area. But still, there are safer places. It is perhaps something we should be more concerned about.

A burglary is more than just an anti-social crime it can and often does ruin or blight the lives of those affected. Leaving victims feeling vulnerable and violated.

Out of the 2,402 UK postcode areas, ours ranks as the 1,459th most likely to put in a home insurance claim for burglary. This means that around 60% of UK post code areas have a higher incidence of burglary than we have in Ferndown. Statistically, there is just under a 1% chance of a Ferndown household being burgled in a year.

Here is the league table burglaries in BH post code area.  Malmesbury Park, Charminster, Queens Park, Strouden Park and Townsend share the dubious honour of being the most burgled areas in the Bournemouth and East Dorset.

BH Post Codes Burglary League Table

** Indicates a Ferndown post code. The most prevalent Ferndown post code is BH22

UK Burglary Rank out of 2402Post CodePostal AreaCrimes per 1000 homes
187BH8Malmesbury Park, Charminster, Queens Park, Strouden Park, Townsend30.23
231BH14Lower Parkstone, Lilliput, Penn Hill28.37
238BH7Littledown, Iford28.21
445BH3Talbot Woods, Winton22.14
511BH6Southbourne, Tuckton, Wick20.88
602BH4Westbourne, Branksome Woods19.52
646BH5Boscombe, Pokesdown18.87
708BH9Winton, Moordown, Throop, Muscliff18.02
874BH1Bournemouth town centre, Springbourne, East Cliff, Boscombe15.55
892BH12Branksome, Alderney, Upper Parkstone, Newtown15.31
964BH15Poole town centre, Hamworthy, Oakdale14.56
1,166BH21Wimborne, Ferndown12.30 **
1,173BH11Kinson, Bear Cross, West Howe, Wallisdown12.25
1,229BH10Kinson, Northbourne, Redhill, Ensbury Park, Wallisdown, Ferndown11.65 **
1,429BH2Bournemouth Central, West Cliff9.65
1,459BH22Ferndown, West Moors9.40 **
1,540BH13Canford Cliffs, Sandbanks, Branksome Park8.70
2,034BH17Canford Heath, Creekmoor4.61

BH Post Code Burglary Incidence

The spread of criminality over the BH area is vast. A person in Verwood is nearly 12 times LESS likely to be burgled than someone living in Charminster. While someone living on the West Parley/Ferndown boundary is merely 3 times less likely to be burgled than someone in Charminster.

I suppose we should take comfort in the fact that the worst place for burglary in the country is Digbeth in Birmingham which makes even Charminster look safe with double the Charminster burglary rate.

However complacency is a poor master. The cruel truth is that every burglary in your area affects not only the victim but the insurance rates for everyone else in the area too. We should at least target getting our burglary rate down to that of our neighbours in Verwood.

It is important that we as a community push hard against the tyranny of criminality. We in the SFRA recommend that everyone should actively participate in their local Neighbourhood Watch scheme and also hold the local council and police to account for controlling anti-social behavior and the associated criminality.

Sitting back and just hoping that we won’t be next should not be an option in our community.

If you are not in a BH post code area but would like to know the crime rate in your area try this handy tool on Money Supermarket

Dorset Heathland Consultation

There is a new draft supplimentary document to the Dorset Heathland Strategy. It directly affects home/business owners living near Ferndown Common or West Parley Common. Anyone living within 4Km of either of these commons will also potentially be affected. The document also covers all other designated Dorset Heathland sites.

This is a joint consultation by BCP and Dorset councils. The consultation runs until 3rd February 2020. The basis of the document is to provide supplementary guidance on what development is allowed within 400m of Dorset Heathland and also within 4Km of a designated Dorset heathland site. It also outlines the associated planning costs.

It will impact (for example) anyone who lives within 400m of either site and wishes to build a Granny Annex or a new in-fill development. The document also sets out the costs associated with planning permission for a range of developments anywhere within the 4 Km boundary.

The document also gives a few examples of what would constitute allowed development as well as what would be refused.

Scan through the document. Ensure you are aware of the strategy. Make sure you are not adversely affected by it. Even if you do not wish to comment.

Accessing the Document

Accessing  the document is not easy. The provided link in the email sent out to interested partys (aka SFRA members) to the BCP document link is broken. The Dorset Council document link is obscured by access being through a “Survey” button.

However we have deduced a direct link to the document on the Dorset council website On This Link

If for some reason this stops working then document access can be made through This Dorset Council webpage

When you arrive at the linked page click the “Take Survey” button. This “Take the Survey” “Start Now” button has been used to access the pdf document. You will not have to do a survey to get it.

Addresses for Comments or Criticism

If you have any comments or criticism then address them to:

Email: Please title the email as ‘Heathland SPD’.

Or by normal mail to:

Post: Strategic Planning, Growth and Infrastructure, Civic Centre, Poole, BH15 2NS.

Note that as this is a joint consultation. It appears all comments are being directed through the BCP council. (Both of the addresses above were taken off the Dorset Council webpage and so are assumed to be correct) Please make sure to indicate that this is a joint consultation and this is the provided address from Dorset council. Also state you are under Dorset Council.

All comments/criticism should arrive by midday 3rd February.

The finalised document will then go forward to committee with the target date for implementation the 1st April 2020.

The SFRA will (of course) be very interested to receive any comments you wish to make on the bottom of this post too.