Salisbury is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Wiltshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 272 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Salisbury in 2021 was 81 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 34% higher than the Wiltshire rate of 53 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Salisbury is the 88th most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,044th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.
In March 2021, Salisbury had the worst crime rate in Wiltshire for robbery, with 6 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.15 per 1,000 inhabitants. April 2020 was also a bad month for Salisbury residents, when it was Wiltshire's most dangerous area for other crime, recording 17 crimes at a rate of 0.42 per 1,000 residents. Salisbury recorded 5 reports of possession of weapons during August 2020, making its crime rate of 0.12 the worst for possession of weapons in Wiltshire that month.
The most common crimes in Salisbury are violence and sexual offences, with 1,420 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 10% higher than 2020's figure of 1,273 offences and a difference of 3.61 from 2020's crime rate of 31. Salisbury's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 25 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 76% from 2020's figure of 44 crimes.
Medium-Sized Towns, Wiltshire
28% higher, regional crime rate
6% higher, national crime rate
England, Wales & NI
As of 2022, the crime rate in Salisbury is 28% higher than the South West and 6% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.
|England, Wales & NI|
Incidents mapped in Salisbury represent the time frame between May 2019 and April 2022. Each point on the map represents an area where crimes have been recorded locally.
Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022
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Last updated: 02 Jun, 2022
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|Year||Crime Rate per|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||1,342||33.01||15,273||21.16||36% more dangerous|
|Bicycle Theft||63||1.55||617||0.85||45% more dangerous|
|Burglary||136||3.34||1,598||2.21||34% more dangerous|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||466||11.46||4,970||6.89||40% more dangerous|
|Drugs||98||2.41||1,120||1.55||36% more dangerous|
|Other Crime||50||1.23||740||1.03||16% more dangerous|
|Other Theft||253||6.22||2,888||4.00||36% more dangerous|
|Possession of Weapons||25||0.61||358||0.50||18% more dangerous|
|Public Order||341||8.39||3,665||5.08||39% more dangerous|
|Robbery||26||0.64||273||0.38||41% more dangerous|
|Shoplifting||271||6.67||2,487||3.45||48% more dangerous|
|Theft From the Person||25||0.61||199||0.28||54% more dangerous|
|Vehicle Crime||138||3.39||1,883||2.61||23% more dangerous|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||1,420||34.92||17,724||24.56||30% more dangerous|
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|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Ashley Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Shopping Area||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Woodbury Gardens||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Butts Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Glyndebourne Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Exeter Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near St Michael'S Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Shoplifting||On or near High Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Roberts Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Public order||On or near Folly View||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Barnards Hill Drive||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Other theft||On or near Hatches Lane||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Petrol Station||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Herbert Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Shoplifting||On or near Fisherton Street||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Criminal damage and arson||On or near Parking Area||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Burglary||On or near New Bottom Road||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Vehicle crime||On or near Folly Lane||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|April 2022||Violence and sexual offences||On or near Sports/Recreation Area||Unable to prosecute suspect|
|April 2022||Bicycle theft||On or near St Lukes Close||Investigation complete; no suspect identified|
|Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||14||12||10||11||Safer|
|Possession of Weapons||0.54||1.1||1.1||0.61||Safer|
|Public Order||8||7||8||8||Getting worse|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||0.54||0.64||0.44||0.64||Getting worse|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||1.8||1.1||0.84||0.61||Safer|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||31||33||31||35||Getting worse|
We only display green spaces in Salisbury that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.
|Name||ASB||Drugs||Public Order||Robbery||VSO||All Others||Crimes per Hectare|
|Fisherton Recreation Ground||2||-||-||-||-||1||0.90|
|Medium-Sized Town||Crime Rate||Rate Difference|
|Croydon||82.48||1.2% more dangerous|
|Sheffield||90.05||10% more dangerous|
|Bristol||90.52||10% more dangerous|
|Coventry||102.24||20% more dangerous|
|Leicester||111.59||27% more dangerous|
|Liverpool||123.06||34% more dangerous|
|Birmingham||129.64||37% more dangerous|
|Bradford||132.28||38% more dangerous|
|Leeds||150.94||46% more dangerous|
Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Salisbury, followed by Salisbury Town North & Milford in second place, and Salisbury Churchfields as the third most dangerous area. Salisbury's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Salisbury Bishopsdown, Salisbury East Harnham, and Salisbury Stratford.
|Neighbourhood||Crime Count||Crime Rate||Danger Rank|
|Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham||697||140||First|
|Salisbury East Harnham||402||67||Fifth|
|Salisbury Town North & Milford||753||123||Second|
Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Salisbury for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.
|Crime Type||Safest Neighbourhood||Most Dangerous Neighbourhood|
|Anti-Social Behaviour||Salisbury Stratford (84)||Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (331)|
|Bicycle Theft||Salisbury Stratford (2)||Salisbury Town North & Milford (20)|
|Burglary||Salisbury Churchfields (15)||Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (28)|
|Criminal Damage and Arson||Salisbury Bishopsdown (22)||Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (94)|
|Drugs||Salisbury Bishopsdown (3)||Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (28)|
|Other Crime||Salisbury Bishopsdown (2)||Salisbury Town North & Milford (15)|
|Other Theft||Salisbury Bemerton (25)||Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (56)|
|Possession of Weapons||Salisbury East Harnham (1)||Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (8)|
|Public Order||Salisbury Stratford (19)||Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (93)|
|Robbery (inc. mugging)||Salisbury Churchfields (2)||Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (10)|
|Shoplifting||Salisbury Bemerton (3)||Salisbury Town North & Milford (111)|
|Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)||Salisbury Bemerton (1)||Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (10)|
|Vehicle Crime||Salisbury East Harnham (11)||Salisbury Churchfields (33)|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||Salisbury Stratford (101)||Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (275)|
Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Salisbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in April, when Salisbury saw a 1,600% increase in other crime. Salisbury saw a large fall in bicycle theft during December, when it fell by 90% compared to December in 2019. Shoplifting saw a fall in every month of Salisbury's lockdown.
|Criminal Damage and Arson||-38%||-30%||-46%||-3%||+9%||+17%||-3%||+6%||-50%||-16%|
|Possession of Weapons||-||+50%||-67%||-17%||+50%||+150%||+100%||-40%||+67%||-|
|Theft From the Person||+100%||-||-33%||-88%||+33%||-83%||-50%||-33%||-||+50%|
|Violence and Sexual Offences||+6%||-18%||+10%||+12%||-||-8%||-24%||-23%||-17%||-14%|