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Crime and Safety in Salisbury

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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.

Salisbury 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Wiltshire

28% higher, regional crime rate

South West

6% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

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.

Salisbury Crime Rate Over Time

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Salisbury Crime Map

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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Historical Crime Rates for Salisbury

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021813,312
2020773,117
2019923,722
2018893,613
2017893,609
2016873,530

Crime in Salisbury Compared To Wiltshire

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Summary of Crimes in Salisbury This Year

 SalisburyWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,34233.0115,27321.16 36% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft631.556170.85 45% more dangerous
Burglary1363.341,5982.21 34% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson46611.464,9706.89 40% more dangerous
Drugs982.411,1201.55 36% more dangerous
Other Crime501.237401.03 16% more dangerous
Other Theft2536.222,8884.00 36% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons250.613580.50 18% more dangerous
Public Order3418.393,6655.08 39% more dangerous
Robbery260.642730.38 41% more dangerous
Shoplifting2716.672,4873.45 48% more dangerous
Theft From the Person250.611990.28 54% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1383.391,8832.61 23% more dangerous
Violence and Sexual Offences1,42034.9217,72424.56 30% more dangerous

Salisbury Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chippenham2,01556.8143% safer
Trowbridge2,78277.854.6% safer
Salisbury3,31281.46-

Crime Over Time in Salisbury

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Recent Crimes in Salisbury

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Ashley RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Shopping AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Woodbury GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Butts RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Glyndebourne CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Exeter StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near St Michael'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near High StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Roberts RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Folly ViewInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Barnards Hill DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Hatches LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Petrol StationUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Herbert RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Fisherton StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near New Bottom RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Folly LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near St Lukes CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Salisbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour37373233 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.91.71.61.6 Safer
Burglary64.83.33.3 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14121011 Safer
Drugs2.14.03.62.4 Safer
Other Crime1.61.32.01.2 Safer
Other Theft111166 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.541.11.10.61 Safer
Public Order8788 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.540.640.440.64 Getting worse
Shoplifting81067 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.81.10.840.61 Safer
Vehicle Crime4.14.12.73.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences31333135 Getting worse

Changes In Salisbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Salisbury's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Salisbury that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Churchill Gardens----200.22
Fisherton Recreation Ground2----10.90
Victoria Park5----21.1

Comparing Salisbury to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0821% safer
Salisbury81.46-
Croydon82.481.2% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0510% more dangerous
Bristol90.5210% more dangerous
Coventry102.2420% more dangerous
Leicester111.5927% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0634% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6437% more dangerous
Bradford132.2838% more dangerous
Leeds150.9446% more dangerous

Crime in Salisbury's Neighbourhoods

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.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Salisbury Bemerton49873Fourth
Salisbury Bishopsdown26640Sixth
Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham697140First
Salisbury Churchfields57786Third
Salisbury East Harnham40267Fifth
Salisbury Stratford22538Seventh
Salisbury Town North & Milford753123Second

Salisbury Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Salisbury for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourSalisbury Stratford (84)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (331)
Bicycle TheftSalisbury Stratford (2)Salisbury Town North & Milford (20)
BurglarySalisbury Churchfields (15)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (28)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSalisbury Bishopsdown (22)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (94)
DrugsSalisbury Bishopsdown (3)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (28)
Other CrimeSalisbury Bishopsdown (2)Salisbury Town North & Milford (15)
Other TheftSalisbury Bemerton (25)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (56)
Possession of WeaponsSalisbury East Harnham (1)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (8)
Public OrderSalisbury Stratford (19)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (93)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Salisbury Churchfields (2)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (10)
ShopliftingSalisbury Bemerton (3)Salisbury Town North & Milford (111)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Salisbury Bemerton (1)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (10)
Vehicle CrimeSalisbury East Harnham (11)Salisbury Churchfields (33)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSalisbury Stratford (101)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (275)

Crime in Salisbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

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.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+1%+18%-23%-24%-19%+8%+4%-16%-26%-11%
Bicycle Theft+100%-50%-43%-56%-+83%+50%+75%-50%-90%
Burglary-41%-50%-+17%+43%-44%-47%+17%-75%-34%
Criminal Damage and Arson-38%-30%-46%-3%+9%+17%-3%+6%-50%-16%
Drugs--15%+7%-42%+44%-17%+100%-41%+25%+29%
Other Crime-+1,600%+50%+200%-+33%+33%-50%+167%+500%
Other Theft-28%-63%-52%-57%-53%-44%-23%-59%-48%-64%
Possession of Weapons-+50%-67%-17%+50%+150%+100%-40%+67%-
Public Order--12%+5%+21%+30%+50%+33%+33%-46%+21%
Robbery---40%--33%+100%--33%--50%
Shoplifting-69%-74%-64%+15%-32%-16%-10%-51%-74%-41%
Theft From the Person+100%--33%-88%+33%-83%-50%-33%-+50%
Vehicle Crime--53%-45%-29%+100%-61%-54%-55%-45%-33%
Violence and Sexual Offences+6%-18%+10%+12%--8%-24%-23%-17%-14%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Salisbury

What police force serves Salisbury?
Salisbury's local territorial police force is the Wiltshire Police.

How dangerous is Salisbury?
Salisbury is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Wiltshire.

What is Salisbury's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Salisbury are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Salisbury?
Salisbury's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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