Earley Crime Overview

Earley is the second safest medium-sized town in Berkshire, and is among the top 20 safest overall out of Berkshire's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Earley in 2020 was 19 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 248% lower than the Berkshire rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Earley is the second safest medium-sized town, and the 2,543rd safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2018, Earley was the worst medium-sized town in Berkshire for other crime, with 3 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2015 was also a bad month for Earley residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.03 per 1,000 residents. Earley recorded 8 reports of theft from the person during December 2015, making its crime rate of 0.24 the worst medium-sized town for theft from the person in Berkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Earley are violence and sexual offences, with 251 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 7. This is 14% higher than 2019's figure of 215 offences and a difference of 1.06 from 2019's crime rate of 6. Earley's least common crime is robbery, with 5 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 60% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Earley Compared To Berkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Earley This Year

 EarleyBerkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour782.2910,22311.17388% safer
Bicycle Theft120.351,9062.08494% safer
Burglary270.793,6283.96401% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson702.066,6027.21250% safer
Drugs260.762,5522.79267% safer
Other Crime80.241,2321.35462% safer
Other Theft561.654,7975.24218% safer
Possession of Weapons70.216640.73248% safer
Public Order491.444,7155.15258% safer
Robbery50.156530.71373% safer
Shoplifting531.563,0663.35115% safer
Theft From the Person110.321,0031.10244% safer
Vehicle Crime822.416,1716.74180% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences2517.3824,63826.92265% safer

Earley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Woodley47116.6316% safer
Earley65719.32-
Wokingham1,66146.0058% more dangerous
Thatcham1,26149.6561% more dangerous
Newbury2,40471.4473% more dangerous
Windsor2,33471.5173% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Earley

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Recent Crimes in Earley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
November 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Pepper LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Wilderness CourtUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Bicycle theftOn or near Fakenham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021ShopliftingOn or near Fakenham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fakenham CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mallard CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Buckhurst WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near SibsonInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Trout CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Rosedale CrescentInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Vehicle crimeOn or near Copperdale CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Fleetham GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fleetham GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Public orderOn or near Sevenoaks RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sevenoaks RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sevenoaks RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
November 2021Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sevenoaks RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
November 2021Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Earley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour4.13.22.32.3Safer
Bicycle Theft1.20.590.790.35Safer
Burglary1.31.70.970.79Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2.12.23.12.1Safer
Drugs0.320.290.320.76Getting worse
Other Crime0.320.210.380.24Safer
Other Theft3.02.21.91.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.090.210.260.21Getting worse
Public Order0.740.620.911.4Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.030.350.240.15Safer
Shoplifting2.22.11.61.6Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.260.120.240.32Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.81.81.92.4Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences3.24.767Getting worse

Changes In Earley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Earley to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Earley19.32-
Barnet67.7171% more dangerous
Coventry77.4175% more dangerous
Croydon83.2277% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8177% more dangerous
Bristol86.2178% more dangerous
Leicester97.4480% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8781% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2882% more dangerous
Bradford133.0285% more dangerous
Leeds137.1086% more dangerous

Crime in Earley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Earley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in May, when Earley saw a 300% increase in public order. Earley saw a large fall in other theft during August, when it fell by 88% compared to August in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-25%-38%+100%-33%+38%+17%-14%-14%-29%-
Bicycle Theft-75%-50%--67%-67%----75%-
Burglary--+100%-----50%+100%-
Criminal Damage and Arson-17%--14%-71%--33%-50%-+29%-64%
Drugs---+200%+200%+200%+100%-+100%-
Other Crime-67%+100%--------
Other Theft-13%-83%+43%-43%+33%-88%-58%-75%+60%-33%
Possession of Weapons-------+200%--50%
Public Order--+300%+100%-+50%+33%--33%-30%
Robbery------50%----
Shoplifting-13%+100%+75%+200%-33%-13%-77%-60%+50%+25%
Theft From the Person-----+100%---50%-
Vehicle Crime--33%-+60%+67%-40%+50%+83%-+75%
Violence and Sexual Offences+38%+40%+70%-13%-17%+75%+24%+65%+12%-40%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Earley

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

Last updated: 31 Dec 2021