Bracknell Crime Overview

Bracknell is the safest major town in Berkshire, and is the 29th most dangerous overall out of Berkshire's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bracknell in 2020 was 51 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 32% lower than the Berkshire rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bracknell is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 2,918th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Bracknell was the worst major town in Berkshire for other crime, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Bracknell residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous major town for shoplifting, recording 42 crimes at a rate of 0.49 per 1,000 residents. Bracknell recorded 5 reports of possession of weapons during February 2019, making its crime rate of 0.06 the worst major town for possession of weapons in Berkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bracknell are violence and sexual offences, with 1,937 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 23. This is 9% higher than 2019's figure of 1,759 offences and a difference of 2.09 from 2019's crime rate of 21. Bracknell's least common crime is robbery, with 29 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 29 crimes.

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Crime in Bracknell Compared To Berkshire

Summary of Crimes in Bracknell This Year

 BracknellBerkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour7699.0410,22311.1724% safer
Bicycle Theft1001.181,9062.0876% safer
Burglary2482.923,6283.9636% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson5266.186,6027.2117% safer
Drugs1481.742,5522.7960% safer
Other Crime981.151,2321.3517% safer
Other Theft2633.094,7975.2470% safer
Possession of Weapons490.586640.7326% safer
Public Order3083.624,7155.1542% safer
Robbery290.346530.71109% safer
Shoplifting2783.273,0663.352.4% safer
Theft From the Person650.761,0031.1045% safer
Vehicle Crime3023.556,1716.7490% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,93722.7724,63826.9218% safer

Bracknell Compared to Nearby Major Towns

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Bracknell4,35151.15-
Maidenhead3,86456.9510% more dangerous
Slough14,51191.7644% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bracknell

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Bracknell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour141189Safer
Bicycle Theft1.21.51.51.2Safer
Burglary2.22.62.72.9Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson6656Getting worse
Drugs1.21.41.41.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.870.830.811.2Getting worse
Other Theft3.74.04.13.1Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.290.390.58Getting worse
Public Order1.21.92.53.6Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.340.340.34Safer
Shoplifting3.53.13.53.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.560.460.580.76Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.14.153.6Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences12182123Getting worse

Changes In Bracknell's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Bracknell's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Bracknell that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Braybrooke Park----110.32
King George V Playing Field-----10.63
Lily Hill Park2--2-20.26
Lily Hill Park2----20.86
The Elms Park1----00.35
The Parks----100.05

Comparing Bracknell to the UK's Major Cities

Major TownCrime RateRate Difference
Bracknell51.15-
Barnet67.7124% more dangerous
Coventry77.4134% more dangerous
Croydon83.2239% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8140% more dangerous
Bristol86.2141% more dangerous
Leicester97.4448% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8750% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2852% more dangerous
Bradford133.0262% more dangerous
Leeds137.1063% more dangerous

Crime in Bracknell's Neighbourhoods

Central Bracknell & Wildridings is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Bracknell, followed by Priestwood in second place, and Birch Hill & Hanworth East as the third most dangerous area. Bracknell's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Crown Wood, Hanworth West, and Wick Hill.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Birch Hill & Hanworth East57678Third
Bullbrook68267Fourth
Central Bracknell & Wildridings1,05893First
Crown Wood29946Sixth
Great Hollands68258Fifth
Hanworth West29844Seventh
Priestwood55182Second
Wick Hill32232Eighth

Bracknell Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

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

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourHanworth West (42)Birch Hill & Hanworth East (126)
Bicycle TheftHanworth West (2)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (44)
BurglaryCrown Wood (4)Bullbrook (51)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWick Hill (27)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (127)
DrugsWick Hill (9)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (50)
Other CrimeCrown Wood (4)Birch Hill & Hanworth East (19)
Other TheftHanworth West (11)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (75)
Possession of WeaponsBirch Hill & Hanworth East (1)Priestwood (13)
Public OrderHanworth West (12)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (98)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Priestwood (1)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (15)
ShopliftingWick Hill (2)Birch Hill & Hanworth East (100)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Crown Wood (1)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (33)
Vehicle CrimeCrown Wood (13)Birch Hill & Hanworth East (55)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWick Hill (152)Priestwood (241)

Crime in Bracknell During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bracknell change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Bracknell saw a 700% increase in other crime. Bracknell saw a large fall in theft from the person during April, when it fell by 83% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-2%-5%+22%+18%-11%+25%+2%+20%+45%-5%
Bicycle Theft-63%-76%-50%-25%-17%+10%-42%-27%+180%+11%
Burglary+100%-15%+211%+41%-10%--50%+21%-49%+89%
Criminal Damage and Arson-27%-17%-10%-46%+48%+33%+17%+40%+145%+10%
Drugs-8%+40%-33%+171%+25%+63%-15%+233%+50%+80%
Other Crime+33%+500%+700%+25%+83%+29%+20%-33%+20%+71%
Other Theft+18%-38%-16%-41%-47%+38%-52%-13%-28%+10%
Possession of Weapons-33%+50%+400%+25%+300%+500%+67%-+50%-
Public Order-33%-29%-+19%+131%+47%+57%+85%+167%+192%
Robbery-33%--50%-+100%--20%+50%-+300%
Shoplifting+74%-36%-25%--4%-39%-53%-19%+4%+91%
Theft From the Person+300%-83%-50%-67%-50%-+33%+133%-+600%
Vehicle Crime-54%-56%-47%-23%-68%-48%-42%-22%-3%-34%
Violence and Sexual Offences-8%-3%+12%+7%+26%+34%+6%+17%+18%-9%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bracknell

What police force serves Bracknell?
Bracknell's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.
How dangerous is Bracknell?
Bracknell is the safest major town in Berkshire.
What is Bracknell's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bracknell are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bracknell?
Bracknell's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021