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Crime and Safety in Newbury

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Newbury is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Berkshire, and is among the top 10 most dangerous overall out of Berkshire's 107 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newbury in 2021 was 88 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 15% higher than the Berkshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newbury is the 73rd most dangerous medium-sized town, and the 834th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Newbury was the worst medium-sized town in Berkshire for drugs, with 11 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.33 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Newbury residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 37 crimes at a rate of 1.1 per 1,000 residents. Newbury recorded 3 reports of other crime during December 2021, making its crime rate of 0.09 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Berkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Newbury are violence and sexual offences, with 1,168 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 35. This is 21% higher than 2020's figure of 924 offences and a difference of 7.25 from 2020's crime rate of 27. Newbury's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 19 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 11% from 2020's figure of 21 crimes.

Newbury 2022 Crime Scorecard

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Medium-Sized Towns, Berkshire

19% higher, regional crime rate

South East

14% higher, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Newbury is 19% higher than the South East and 14% higher than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Newbury Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Newbury 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 Newbury

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021882,978
2020712,404
2019832,790
2018832,788
2017762,562
2016802,678

Crime in Newbury Compared To Berkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Newbury This Year

 NewburyBerkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour45813.619,47710.35 24% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft561.661,6711.83 10% safer
Burglary792.352,8363.10 32% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3109.216,4347.03 24% more dangerous
Drugs1564.642,4502.68 42% more dangerous
Other Crime361.071,0761.18 10% safer
Other Theft2176.455,5786.09 6% more dangerous
Possession of Weapons190.565500.60 7% safer
Public Order49714.779,50810.39 30% more dangerous
Robbery200.594460.49 17% more dangerous
Shoplifting2848.443,1913.49 59% more dangerous
Theft From the Person330.981,0781.18 20% safer
Vehicle Crime1033.065,0665.54 81% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1,16834.7129,00331.69 9% more dangerous

Newbury Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Earley1,24936.72141% safer
Woodley1,07537.96133% safer
Wokingham1,87451.9071% safer
Thatcham1,38454.4962% safer
Windsor2,65281.259% safer
Newbury2,97888.50-

Crime Over Time in Newbury

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Recent Crimes in Newbury

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Cheap StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Northbrook StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SutherlandsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Charter RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Leys GardensUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Westmead DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near SkylingsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Nicholas' RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Newport CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near SmallridgeInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Mallard CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Remembrance RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Park/Open SpaceLocal resolution
April 2022DrugsOn or near Wharf StreetLocal resolution
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Argyle RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Park StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near The OaksUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near The FollyUnable to prosecute suspect

Newbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour17171614 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.43.62.41.7 Safer
Burglary3.94.92.92.4 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson131199 Safer
Drugs554.54.6 Safer
Other Crime1.31.61.41.1 Safer
Other Theft774.76 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.770.860.620.56 Safer
Public Order3.63.8615 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.560.560.710.59 Getting worse
Shoplifting131278 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.41.31.10.98 Safer
Vehicle Crime553.83.1 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences25252735 Getting worse

Changes In Newbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Newbury to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.0832% safer
Croydon82.487% safer
Newbury88.50-
Sheffield90.051.7% more dangerous
Bristol90.522.2% more dangerous
Coventry102.2413% more dangerous
Leicester111.5921% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0628% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6432% more dangerous
Bradford132.2833% more dangerous
Leeds150.9441% more dangerous

Crime in Newbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Newbury Clay Hill38355Second
Newbury South West62876First
Newbury Wash Common45648Third

Crime in Newbury During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Newbury change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in November, when Newbury saw a 400% increase in other crime. Newbury saw a large fall in bicycle theft during April, when it fell by 94% compared to April in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-47%-37%-25%+23%+11%+58%-19%-21%-13%-13%
Bicycle Theft-71%-94%--71%+11%+325%-22%-67%-57%-33%
Burglary-67%-58%-86%-44%-13%-62%-36%-14%-30%-62%
Criminal Damage and Arson-45%-64%+4%--7%-20%-24%+73%-42%-55%
Drugs+7%-53%-6%-38%--31%-21%-72%+56%+200%
Other Crime-78%-20%-67%+200%+75%+150%-50%-75%+400%-83%
Other Theft-38%-72%-61%-65%+45%-52%--35%-13%-42%
Possession of Weapons-75%--+200%-50%-+150%-60%--
Public Order-50%-14%-20%+138%+107%+175%+88%+14%+209%+109%
Robbery----+100%-75%--50%+100%+50%
Shoplifting-41%-68%-66%-82%-34%-45%-48%-62%+4%+21%
Theft From the Person-20%-50%--33%-20%-20%+100%-17%-80%-50%
Vehicle Crime-23%-75%-94%-11%-59%-13%+30%-56%-7%+8%
Violence and Sexual Offences-10%+7%-2%+39%+4%+32%-5%+12%+35%+4%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Newbury

What police force serves Newbury?
Newbury's local territorial police force is the Thames Valley Police.

How dangerous is Newbury?
Newbury is the most dangerous medium-sized town in Berkshire.

What is Newbury's most common crime?
The most common crimes in Newbury are violence and sexual offences.

What is the least common crime in Newbury?
Newbury's least common crimes are possession of weapons.

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