Crime and Safety in Bracknell

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Bracknell is the safest major town in Berkshire, and is the 24th most dangerous overall out of Berkshire's 107 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bracknell in 2021 was 60 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 25% lower than the Berkshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bracknell is among the top 20 safest major towns, and the 2,222nd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In April 2020, Bracknell had the worst crime rate in Berkshire for other crime, with 12 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. October 2015 was also a bad month for Bracknell residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous area for possession of weapons, recording 6 crimes at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Bracknell are violence and sexual offences, with 2,410 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 28. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 2,002 offences and a difference of 4.80 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Bracknell's least common crime is robbery, with 19 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 68% from 2020's figure of 32 crimes.

Bracknell 2022 Crime Scorecard


Major Towns, Berkshire

19% lower, regional crime rate

South East

27% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Bracknell is 19% lower than the South East and 27% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Bracknell Crime Rate Over Time

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Bracknell Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Bracknell 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 Bracknell

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Crime in Bracknell Compared To Berkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bracknell This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour8249.699,47710.35 7% safer
Bicycle Theft921.081,6711.83 69% safer
Burglary1972.322,8363.10 34% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4955.826,4347.03 21% safer
Drugs1501.762,4502.68 52% safer
Other Crime971.141,0761.18 3.5% safer
Other Theft3534.155,5786.09 47% safer
Possession of Weapons340.405500.60 50% safer
Public Order6868.069,50810.39 29% safer
Robbery190.224460.49 123% safer
Shoplifting2342.753,1913.49 27% safer
Theft From the Person660.781,0781.18 51% safer
Vehicle Crime2883.395,0665.54 63% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2,41028.3329,00331.69 12% safer

Bracknell Compared to Nearby Major Towns)

Major TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Maidenhead4,25262.673.9% more dangerous
Slough15,873100.3840% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bracknell

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Recent Crimes in Bracknell

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Other theftOn or near Priory WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Apsey CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Roebuck EstateInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Further/Higher Educational BuildingUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Great Hollands SquareUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other crimeOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Other theftOn or near MerlewoodInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Hermes PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near JamestonUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near LadybankInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Boxford RidgeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Primrose WalkInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near BlackmeadowsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Guerdon PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Somerville RiseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near BasemoorsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Bracknell Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour1291010 Safer
Bicycle Theft1. Safer
Burglary2. Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6566 Safer
Drugs1. Getting worse
Other Crime0.800.861.21.1 Getting worse
Other Theft4. Safer
Possession of Weapons0.310.390.590.40 Getting worse
Public Order1.92.53.88 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.340.360.380.22 Safer
Shoplifting3. Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.480.600.760.78 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime4.364.03.4 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19212428 Getting 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 2021.

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
Barnet67.0810% more dangerous
Croydon82.4827% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0533% more dangerous
Bristol90.5233% more dangerous
Coventry102.2441% more dangerous
Leicester111.5946% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0651% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6454% more dangerous
Bradford132.2854% more dangerous
Leeds150.9460% more dangerous

Crime in Bracknell's Neighbourhoods

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

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Birch Hill & Hanworth East50168Fourth
Central Bracknell & Wildridings1,294114First
Crown Wood33652Sixth
Great Hollands60851Seventh
Hanworth West36153Fifth
Wick Hill35936Eighth

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 BehaviourWick Hill (78)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (175)
Bicycle TheftHanworth West (1)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (47)
BurglaryCrown Wood (8)Priestwood (29)
Criminal Damage and ArsonWick Hill (21)Priestwood (76)
DrugsWick Hill (6)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (43)
Other CrimeGreat Hollands (6)Birch Hill & Hanworth East (17)
Other TheftGreat Hollands (24)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (88)
Possession of WeaponsWick Hill (1)Great Hollands (10)
Public OrderWick Hill (51)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (207)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Priestwood (1)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (7)
ShopliftingWick Hill (2)Priestwood (82)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Wick Hill (1)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (30)
Vehicle CrimeWick Hill (17)Priestwood (37)
Violence and Sexual OffencesWick Hill (198)Central Bracknell & Wildridings (559)

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 April, when Bracknell saw a 1,100% 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.

Anti-Social Behaviour-6%+5%+44%+29%-6%+27%+2%+18%+47%-8%
Bicycle Theft-63%-75%-33%-25%-29%+10%-42%-20%+180%+11%
Criminal Damage and Arson-22%-16%-13%-39%+57%+39%+23%+32%+130%+18%
Other Crime+33%+1,100%+300%+25%+25%+29%+20%-33%-+71%
Other Theft+29%-43%-7%-40%-40%+18%-48%-12%-21%-
Possession of Weapons-33%+50%+400%+25%+300%+600%+67%-+50%-
Public Order-33%-13%+5%+24%+144%+47%+76%+95%+167%+171%
Theft From the Person+300%-83%-57%-67%-50%-+25%+133%-+333%
Vehicle Crime-59%-57%-47%-28%-66%-47%-36%-34%-8%-31%
Violence and Sexual Offences-9%-4%+20%+6%+30%+40%+11%+16%+13%-11%

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).

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