AN interactive map shows how many car crimes have been reported across Dorset.

As society starts to unlock again, people will start to explore different parts of the county to visit loved ones, have a long-awaited haircut and visit their favourite pub.

But how do you know the safest streets to park in if you're new to an area?

A tool created by Co-op Insurance, which can be found through this link, has revealed the number of vehicle crimes in any area - and what roads it is happening in the most.

Vehicle crimes is a broad term, but it can be anything from vehicle theft, theft from a vehicle and vandalism. 

How does the tool work?

Swanage and Wareham Voice: Car crime in Dorset between July 2020 to December 2020. Picture: Co-op/Park SmartCar crime in Dorset between July 2020 to December 2020. Picture: Co-op/Park Smart

The interactive map uses data published by the Home Office covering July 2020 to December 2020.

Users can search crime rates in their area by entering a postcode or location into the search bar.

The results are displayed in three coloured circles: red indicates an area that has had six or more incidents, orange shows streets that have seen three to five car crimes and yellow means there have been between zero and two incidents.

If you're planning on travelling further afield, the data spans across England and Wales.

A broad look at Dorset shows varying results, with smaller towns reporting less than five reported incidents of vehicle crime, while the Bournemouth and Poole areas reporting high vehicle crime in some locations.  

Below we have rounded up towns across Dorset and listed the top five streets with the most reported vehicle crime. 

Beaminster

  • Eggardon Close – 1
  • Off Woodswater Lane – 1

Blandford Forum

  • Bournemouth Road – 1
  • East Street – 1
  • Salisbury Road – 1
  • The Orchard – 1

Bournemouth

  • Cranborne Road – 18
  • Bournemouth Central Car Park, off Parsonage Road – 14
  • Exeter Road – 9
  • West Cliff Road – 9
  • Off Priory Road - 7

Bridport

  • Armstrong Road – 1
  • Castle Square – 1
  • De Legh Grove – 1
  • Magdalen Lane – 1
  • Rax Lane – 1

Christchurch

  • Draper Road – 2
  • Jellicoe Drive – 2
  • Purewell - 2
  • Rushford Warren - 2
  • West View Road – 2

Dorchester

  • Rothesay Road – 2
  • A35 Dorchester Bypass - 1
  • Cambridge Road - 1
  • Durngate Street - 1
  • Gloucester Road – 1

Gillingham

  • Oake Woods – 2
  • B3081 Wyke Road – 1
  • Off Deane Avenue – 1
  • Off B3092 - 1
  • St Martin’s Square – 1

Lyme Regis

  • A3052 – 1
  • Off B3165 – 1
  • Off Haye Lane
  • Pound Road – 1
  • Summerhill Road – 1

Poole

  • B3061 – 4
  • Madeira Road - 4
  • Off Cromwell Road - 4
  • Denmark Road – 3
  • Mount Road - 3

Portland

  • Castle Road – 2
  • A354 – 1
  • East Weare Road – 1
  • Liberty Road – 1
  • Westcliff Road – 1

Puddletown

  • High Street – 3
  • Blandford Road – 1
  • Brymer Road – 1
  • Three Lanes Way

Shaftesbury

  • St George’s Road – 3
  • King Alfred’s Way – 1
  • Kingsbere Lane – 1
  • Off Sweetmans Road – 1
  • Wincombe Lane – 1

Sherborne

  • Earls Close - 1
  • George Street – 1
  • Lenthay Road – 1
  • Littlefield – 1
  • Wootton Grove – 1

Sturminster Newton

  • Elm Close – 1
  • Friars Moor – 1
  • Off Station Road – 1
  • Thomas Hardly Close – 1

Swanage

  • Station Road – 2
  • Cow Lane - 1
  • Day’s Road – 1
  • Northbrook Road – 1
  • Princess Road – 1

Verwood

  • Monmouth Drive – 2
  • Black Moor Road - 1
  • Bingham Road – 1
  • Coronation Road – 1
  • Woodlinken Drive – 1

Wareham

  • B3070 – 2
  • Monmouth Road – 2
  • New Street - 1
  • Off South Causeway – 1
  • Off West Street – 1

Weymouth

  • Eastdown Avenue - 2
  • Off Cumberland Drive -2
  • Granby Close – 2
  • Kitchener Road – 2
  • Lynch Lane – 2

Wool

  • Chalk Pit Lane – 2
  • Off Dorchester Road – 2
  • Hillside Road – 1
  • Lower Hillside Road - 1
  • Off Burton Road - 1