Salisbury Crime Overview

Salisbury is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Wiltshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Wiltshire's 276 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Salisbury in 2020 was 77 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Wiltshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% higher than the Wiltshire rate of 52 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Salisbury is the 92nd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 1,118th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Salisbury had the worst crime rate in Wiltshire for bicycle theft, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.20 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 1,273 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 31. This is 7% lower than 2019's figure of 1,360 offences and a difference of 2.14 from 2019's crime rate of 33. Salisbury's least common crime is robbery, with 18 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 44% from 2019's figure of 26 crimes.

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Crime in Salisbury Compared To Wiltshire

Summary of Crimes in Salisbury This Year

 SalisburyWiltshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1,31732.3914,47420.0638% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft651.605260.7354% more dangerous
Burglary1353.321,9472.7019% more dangerous
Criminal Damage and Arson40810.034,9076.8032% more dangerous
Drugs1483.641,5342.1341% more dangerous
Other Crime822.028311.1543% more dangerous
Other Theft2435.982,8303.9234% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons441.082930.4162% more dangerous
Public Order3127.673,3624.6639% more dangerous
Robbery180.442530.3520% more dangerous
Shoplifting2476.072,4583.4144% more dangerous
Theft From the Person340.842050.2867% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1082.662,1863.0314% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,27331.3116,32222.6228% more dangerous

Salisbury Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Chippenham1,80350.8351% safer
Trowbridge2,69275.331.8% safer
Salisbury3,11776.66-

Crime Over Time in Salisbury

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Salisbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour36373732Safer
Bicycle Theft1.71.91.71.6Safer
Burglary664.83.3Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson14141210Safer
Drugs2.62.14.03.6Getting worse
Other Crime1.41.61.32.0Getting worse
Other Theft1011116Safer
Possession of Weapons0.540.541.11.1Getting worse
Public Order5878Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.440.540.640.44Safer
Shoplifting108106Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.81.81.10.84Safer
Vehicle Crime54.14.12.7Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences30313331Safer

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 2020.

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
Barnet67.7113% safer
Salisbury76.66-
Coventry77.410.97% more dangerous
Croydon83.228% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8111% more dangerous
Bristol86.2111% more dangerous
Leicester97.4421% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8725% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2829% more dangerous
Bradford133.0242% more dangerous
Leeds137.1044% 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 Bemerton, Salisbury Bishopsdown, and Salisbury Stratford.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Salisbury Bemerton45667Fifth
Salisbury Bishopsdown23135Seventh
Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham619124First
Salisbury Churchfields64195Third
Salisbury East Harnham41069Fourth
Salisbury Stratford25143Sixth
Salisbury Town North & Milford617101Second

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 Bishopsdown (101)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (292)
Bicycle TheftSalisbury Bemerton (1)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (17)
BurglarySalisbury Bishopsdown (10)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (25)
Criminal Damage and ArsonSalisbury Stratford (28)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (64)
DrugsSalisbury Bishopsdown (4)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (45)
Other CrimeSalisbury Bishopsdown (4)Salisbury Town North & Milford (30)
Other TheftSalisbury Bishopsdown (7)Salisbury Churchfields (72)
Possession of WeaponsSalisbury Bemerton (1)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (14)
Public OrderSalisbury Stratford (21)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (85)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Salisbury Bishopsdown (1)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (4)
ShopliftingSalisbury Bemerton (1)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (72)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Salisbury Churchfields (1)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (20)
Vehicle CrimeSalisbury Stratford (8)Salisbury Churchfields (39)
Violence and Sexual OffencesSalisbury Bishopsdown (110)Salisbury Cathedral & Harnham (210)

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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021