Crime Wednesday - Salisbury City, Wiltshire
Hi all, and welcome to another Crime Wednesday and this week we are going to dig into the stats of Salisbury City.
It happened by good fortune for Eve and I, spent the Saturday just gone at its fine Cathedral. In the picture above you can see Eve standing by the side of the lock on the main front door to the Cathedral. This was by no stretch of the imagination to be the biggest lock I have seen on a door, I asked Eve if she would stand by the side of the lock just to give it an element of scale.
We spent the rest of the afternoon mostly sitting on the grass making figures out of the random clouds that quietly went passed. The sun was beating down and it was nice to feel the heat on your skin for an hour or so.
Hmmm…. Perhaps digressing a little, but I really loved the town. Doing a bit of research on Wiki about Salisbury and man, it has some history. Check out Salisbury on wiki if you are interested, but it shows that records has seen a settlement there since 1220 and quite possibly there was people living in the area before that. Interesting to learn about its old names like ‘Old Sarum’, ‘Salesberie’ etc.
OK, lets have a look at some of the crime figures over the last 6 months.
With a town of over 40,000 people living burglaries are pretty modest at around 10 to 15 a month, June seeing a rise out of the ordinary with 19 recorded incidents. Most of these seem to be in the Crown Chambers area of the town, However, three of the nineteen were in Bourne Avenue.
Sadly May and February saw Robberies in the city. Both of these incidents took place in the ‘Old George Mall’
As with any town these days Salisbury has its fair share of anti social behaviour. with on average 150 reported incidents a month, but surprising to learn some of these was around ‘The Retreat Inn and Pizza Place in Milford Street. March saw 146 reported incidents of which 26 of those was around the area mentioned.
Interesting to see that shoplifting is high in the city with anywhere between 30 and 50 reported incidents a month, staggering that march saw 50 of these straight in one month. Most of these are around the built up shopping areas. 13 of these incidents were reported around the Avon Approach and Castle Street area. Not that I know what is in the area myself, but it seems suspicious to think this one little area strikes for over 20% of the shoplifting in the town for the month of March!
Hats of to Simon Davies, Michael Parrot, Mark Littlewood, Ian Pedliham and Ian Cooke as the community beat officers, keeping law and order in the town. They are showing no up and coming events for their Neighbourhood Watch schemes etc, but if you pop into the local police station and have a chat with one of the people above I am sure they will be able to give good strong advice in keeping your area safe.
I liked the town, it was busy and for once i was afforded the time to sit on the grass outside the Cathedral and listen to families having fun around us. Great Town, thanks for accommodating us, if only for a few hours :-)
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