Bray Crime Overview

Bray is among the top 10 safest small towns in Berkshire, and is the 37th safest overall out of Berkshire's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Bray in 2020 was 28 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 141% lower than the Berkshire rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Bray is the 101st safest small town, and the 4,481st safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In October 2020, Bray was the worst small town in Berkshire for burglary, with 8 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.90 per 1,000 inhabitants. September 2020 was also a bad month for Bray residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous small town for criminal damage and arson, recording 7 crimes at a rate of 0.78 per 1,000 residents. Bray recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during April 2020, making its crime rate of 0.11 the worst small town for possession of weapons in Berkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Bray are violence and sexual offences, with 78 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 9. This is 21% lower than 2019's figure of 94 offences and a difference of 1.79 from 2019's crime rate of 11. Bray's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 3 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 33% from 2019's figure of 4 crimes.

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Crime in Bray Compared To Berkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Bray This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour313.4710,22311.17222% safer
Bicycle Theft40.451,9062.08362% safer
Burglary343.803,6283.964.2% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson313.476,6027.21108% safer
Drugs111.232,5522.79127% safer
Other Crime50.561,2321.35141% safer
Other Theft303.364,7975.2456% safer
Possession of Weapons30.346640.73115% safer
Public Order192.134,7155.15142% safer
Theft From the Person40.451,0031.10144% safer
Vehicle Crime313.476,1716.7494% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences788.7324,63826.92208% safer

Bray Compared to Nearby Small Towns

Small TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Warfield21119.7741% safer
Cox Green17122.5724% safer
Winkfield39625.828% safer
Binfield24427.083.3% safer
Tilehurst38527.691.0% safer
Finchampstead43134.8520% more dangerous
Crowthorne28938.2027% more dangerous
Shinfield58540.2030% more dangerous
Sandhurst84640.7931% more dangerous
Winnersh50748.8143% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Bray

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Bray Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour4.
Bicycle Theft0.220.220.340.45Getting worse
Criminal Damage and Arson2.
Drugs0.451.02.11.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.340.670.220.56Getting worse
Other Theft3.
Possession of Weapons0.110.220.450.34Getting worse
Public Order- worse
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.220.340.780.45Getting worse
Vehicle Crime53.563.5Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences712119Safer

Changes In Bray's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Bray to the UK's Major Cities

Small TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7159% more dangerous
Coventry77.4164% more dangerous
Croydon83.2266% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8167% more dangerous
Bristol86.2168% more dangerous
Leicester97.4471% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8773% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2874% more dangerous
Bradford133.0279% more dangerous
Leeds137.1080% more dangerous

Crime in Bray's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Bray Wick & Holyport36447First

Crime in Bray During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Bray change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in September, when Bray saw a 600% increase in criminal damage and arson. Bray saw a large fall in vehicle crime during August, when it fell by 88% compared to August in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour---+125%+50%+133%-75%---
Bicycle Theft----------
Criminal Damage and Arson--33%-67%-83%+100%-83%+600%---
Other Theft-67%--25%--33%-50%+50%-33%+500%+50%
Public Order----50%+100%-50%--67%-50%+300%
Theft From the Person-------+200%--
Vehicle Crime-80%--86%+250%-78%-88%+200%+50%--50%
Violence and Sexual Offences--38%-38%-50%+50%-13%-44%+60%+38%-38%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Bray

What police force serves Bray?
Bray's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.
How dangerous is Bray?
Bray is among the top 10 safest small towns in Berkshire.
What is Bray's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Bray are violence and sexual offences.
What is the least common crime in Bray?
Bray's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

Last updated: 07 May 2021