Amesbury Crime Overview

Amesbury is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire, and is the 37th most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Amesbury in 2020 was 56 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Amesbury is the 378th most dangerous small town, and the 2,456th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2020, Amesbury was the worst small town in Wiltshire for drugs, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.32 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Amesbury residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous small town for bicycle theft, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.08 per 1,000 residents. Amesbury recorded 3 reports of other crime during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst small town for other crime in Wiltshire that month.

The most common crimes in Amesbury are violence and sexual offences, with 313 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 30% lower than 2019's figure of 407 offences and a difference of 7.60 from 2019's crime rate of 33. Amesbury's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020.

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Summary of Crimes in Amesbury This Year

 AmesburyWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour33226.8714,47420.0625% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft70.575260.7328% safer
Burglary120.971,9472.70178% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson977.854,9076.8013% more dangerous
Drugs362.911,5342.1327% more dangerous
Other Crime201.628311.1529% more dangerous
Other Theft534.292,8303.929% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons50.402930.412.5% safer
Public Order877.043,3624.6634% more dangerous
Robbery10.082530.35338% safer
Shoplifting403.242,4583.415% safer
Theft From the Person20.162050.2875% safer
Vehicle Crime161.302,1863.03133% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31325.3416,32222.6211% more dangerous

Crime in Amesbury Compared To Wiltshire

Amesbury Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Calne79543.1929% safer
Highworth34743.2729% safer
Laverstock39343.9727% safer
Westbury70244.5125% safer
Wootton Bassett60445.9521% safer
Amesbury68955.77-
Warminster1,03858.244.2% more dangerous
Melksham1,06470.9021% more dangerous
Devizes98884.9534% more dangerous

Amesbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour22262827Getting worse
Bicycle Theft0.320.890.400.57Getting worse
Burglary2.82.82.40.97Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7998Safer
Drugs2.61.41.62.9Getting worse
Other Crime1.31.41.01.6Getting worse
Other Theft7774.3Safer
Possession of Weapons0.240.490.650.40Safer
Public Order2.44.04.87Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.080.08-0.08No change
Shoplifting4.14.083.2Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.320.241.90.16Safer
Vehicle Crime3.33.22.71.3Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences24283325Safer

Changes In Amesbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Chart of CrimeRate.Front.Models.CombinedCityModel's crime rate trends over time

Comparing Amesbury to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Amesbury55.77-
Barnet67.7118% more dangerous
Coventry77.4128% more dangerous
Croydon83.2233% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8135% more dangerous
Bristol86.2135% more dangerous
Leicester97.4443% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8746% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2848% more dangerous
Bradford133.0258% more dangerous
Leeds137.1059% more dangerous

Crime in Amesbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Amesbury68956First

Crime in Amesbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Amesbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Amesbury saw a 200% increase in burglary. Amesbury saw a large fall in shoplifting during October, when it fell by 88% compared to October in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Amesbury's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-33%-3%-18%-18%+48%+29%+13%+56%+12%+10%
Bicycle Theft--------50%--50%
Burglary--75%-67%-71%--+200%--50%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+80%--57%-22%+33%-43%+133%-11%+14%+14%
Drugs----+200%-+100%+67%+200%-80%
Other Crime-+200%-50%----+100%-+200%
Other Theft+100%-68%-73%+50%--40%-71%-63%-71%-29%
Possession of Weapons----------
Public Order+20%+25%+67%+100%+175%+150%+9%+40%-17%+25%
Shoplifting-60%+33%-17%-85%-60%-73%-67%-88%-64%-78%
Theft From the Person--------50%--
Vehicle Crime+100%-67%-60%--+50%---50%-67%
Violence and Sexual Offences-13%-37%-22%-36%+21%-16%+13%-32%-37%-23%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Amesbury

What police force serves Amesbury?
Amesbury's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.
How dangerous is Amesbury?
Amesbury is among the top 5 most dangerous small towns in Wiltshire.
What is Amesbury's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Amesbury are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Amesbury?
Amesbury's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 01 Apr 2021