Newbury Crime Overview

Newbury is the second most dangerous medium-sized town in Berkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Berkshire's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Newbury in 2020 was 71 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares poorly to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 6% higher than the Berkshire rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Newbury is the 98th safest medium-sized town, and the 1,341st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2020, Newbury was the worst medium-sized town in Berkshire for criminal damage and arson, with 19 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.56 per 1,000 inhabitants. July 2020 was also a bad month for Newbury residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 20 crimes at a rate of 0.59 per 1,000 residents. Newbury recorded 7 reports of burglary during July 2020, making its crime rate of 0.21 the worst medium-sized town for burglary in Berkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Newbury are violence and sexual offences, with 924 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 27. This is 8% higher than 2019's figure of 849 offences and a difference of 2.23 from 2019's crime rate of 25. Newbury's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 21 offences recorded in 2020, a decrease of 38% from 2019's figure of 29 crimes.

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Crime in Newbury Compared To Berkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Newbury This Year

 NewburyBerkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour52215.5110,22311.1728% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft822.441,9062.0815% more dangerous
Burglary972.883,6283.9638% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson3008.926,6027.2119% more dangerous
Drugs1524.522,5522.7938% more dangerous
Other Crime471.401,2321.353.6% more dangerous
Other Theft1584.704,7975.2411% safer
Possession of Weapons210.626640.7318% safer
Public Order1985.884,7155.1512% more dangerous
Robbery240.716530.710% safer
Shoplifting2367.013,0663.3552% more dangerous
Theft From the Person371.101,0031.100% safer
Vehicle Crime1283.806,1716.7477% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences92427.4624,63826.922.0% more dangerous

Newbury Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Woodley47116.63330% safer
Earley65719.32270% safer
Wokingham1,66146.0055% safer
Thatcham1,26149.6544% safer
Newbury2,40471.44-
Windsor2,33471.510.10% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Newbury

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Newbury Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour21171716Safer
Bicycle Theft2.82.43.62.4Safer
Burglary3.73.94.92.9Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1213119Safer
Drugs7554.5Safer
Other Crime1.21.31.61.4Getting worse
Other Theft7774.7Safer
Possession of Weapons0.950.770.860.62Safer
Public Order3.83.63.86Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.450.560.560.71Getting worse
Shoplifting1313127Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.81.41.31.1Safer
Vehicle Crime3.4553.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences19252527Getting worse

Changes In Newbury's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Newbury to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.716% safer
Newbury71.44-
Coventry77.418% more dangerous
Croydon83.2214% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8117% more dangerous
Bristol86.2117% more dangerous
Leicester97.4427% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8731% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2833% more dangerous
Bradford133.0246% more dangerous
Leeds137.1048% more dangerous

Crime in Newbury's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Newbury Clay Hill34149Second
Newbury South West50962First
Newbury Wash Common33135Third

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 second 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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021