Statistics posted online at real estate and crime-tracking sites about Newtown and Salisbury are misleading, and only recently has the city begun efforts to correct an impression that is simultaneously out-of-date and erroneous.
Salisbury voluntarily reports its crime statistics, which many comparably-sized cities do not. Salisbury had some relatively serious crime issues a number of years ago that stubbornly survive on the Web. These issues had an effect on the false impression that Salisbury is crime-ridden. There are unquestionably crime hot spots in parts of Salisbury as there are in any urban area.
Newtown is a close-knit community in which neighbors watch out for one another and one another’s property. Crimes in Newtown are generally petty in nature: thefts from vehicles left unlocked at night or bicycles left out and unsecured. The Newtown neighborhood is midway between Salisbury Police headquarters and a neighborhood police station, and response time is only few minutes. Visit www.salisburypd.com for further information and official crime statistics.