Search...
Home
/
Berkshire
/
Reading

Crime and Safety in Reading

Page highlights:

Reading is the most dangerous cities in Berkshire, and is among the top 20 most dangerous overall out of Berkshire's 107 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Reading in 2021 was 70 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 7% lower than the Berkshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Reading is among the top 20 safest city, and the 1,517th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In December 2021, Reading had the worst crime rate in Berkshire for bicycle theft, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.09 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2021 was also a bad month for Reading residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous area for criminal damage and arson, recording 147 crimes at a rate of 0.57 per 1,000 residents. Reading recorded 96 reports of burglary during October 2021, making its crime rate of 0.37 the worst for burglary in Berkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Reading are violence and sexual offences, with 7,618 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 29. This is 17% higher than 2020's figure of 6,291 offences and a difference of 5.14 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Reading's least common crime is robbery, with 165 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 44% from 2020's figure of 238 crimes.

Reading 2022 Crime Scorecard

Most Dangerous

Cities, Berkshire

2.0% lower, regional crime rate

South East

8% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Reading is 2.0% lower than the South East and 8% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Reading Crime Rate Over Time

>
Reading
South East
England, Wales & NI

Reading Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Reading 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

Use Crime Map

Hover over a point to see a breakdown of crime types recorded at that location. You can also filter by individual crime types, or use a combinations of offences to visualize the data you need.

Tap to view map
Incident key:
 
Low
 
Medium
 
High
Design element, blobs on the top Design element, blobs on the bottom

Monthly
Crime Reports

Set up monthly updates on crime & public safety issues. We never spam.

Area
All of the UK
Reading
Frequency
Monthly
ASAP
Type
Local Resident
Investor
Other

Historical Crime Rates for Reading

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
20217018,217
20206115,858
20195915,214
20186015,573
20175714,630
20165113,267

Crime in Reading Compared To Berkshire

Are you researching this topic for an article or project?

We're available to answer questions about crime data and can supply custom data to support your work.

Questions & Requests

Email us directly

[email protected]

Summary of Crimes in Reading This Year

 ReadingBerkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2,1968.509,47710.35 22% safer
Bicycle Theft5632.181,6711.83 16% more dangerous
Burglary7492.902,8363.10 7% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1,5345.946,4347.03 18% safer
Drugs6872.662,4502.68 0.75% safer
Other Crime2560.991,0761.18 19% safer
Other Theft1,5375.955,5786.09 2.4% safer
Possession of Weapons1730.675500.60 10% more dangerous
Public Order2,4409.449,50810.39 10% safer
Robbery1650.644460.49 23% more dangerous
Shoplifting1,0233.963,1913.49 12% more dangerous
Theft From the Person3561.381,0781.18 14% more dangerous
Vehicle Crime1,1164.325,0665.54 28% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences7,61829.4829,00331.69 7% safer

Crime Over Time in Reading

View crime percentage over time for

Recent Crimes in Reading

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Denbeigh PlaceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Badgers RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Chester StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Halcyon TerraceInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beatty DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Berkeley AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Petrol StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Tylers PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Armadale CourtInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mallory AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Thames AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Buxton AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Brunswick StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near St Michael'S RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Stansfield CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near West StreetInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Buckingham DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Rockbourne GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Reading Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour129108 Safer
Bicycle Theft3.02.72.72.2 Safer
Burglary4.53.43.52.9 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7666 Safer
Drugs2.22.22.52.7 Getting worse
Other Crime1.01.01.10.99 Getting worse
Other Theft764.96 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.660.660.650.67 Getting worse
Public Order2.63.44.69 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.980.910.920.64 Safer
Shoplifting4.83.93.24.0 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.61.51.11.4 Safer
Vehicle Crime54.754.3 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences20222429 Getting worse

Changes In Reading's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Reading's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Reading that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2021.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Coley Recreation Ground1----20.67
Cotswold Recreation Ground--1--20.79
Maiden Erlegh Park2----10.28
Mapledurham Playing Fields----100.09
Meadway Recreation Ground4---764.6
Robert Hewett Recreation Ground31--1221
South Lake Park--1-110.25
Spring Gardens Recreation Ground----4434
Victoria Recreation Ground2---445

Comparing Reading to the UK's Major Cities

CityCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.085% safer
Reading70.49-
Croydon82.4815% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0522% more dangerous
Bristol90.5222% more dangerous
Coventry102.2431% more dangerous
Leicester111.5937% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0643% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6446% more dangerous
Bradford132.2847% more dangerous
Leeds150.9453% more dangerous

Crime in Reading's Neighbourhoods

Reading Central is the most dangerous neighbourhood in Reading, followed by Norcot South in second place, and Southcote as the third most dangerous area. Reading's safest neighbourhoods are, in order, Caversham Emmer Green, Caversham Heights, and Lower Earley North.

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Calcot South2744914th
Caversham Balmore Park3364218th
Caversham Emmer Green2383221st
Caversham Heights1752422nd
Coley Park80993Ninth
Earley4564616th
Leighton Park7187512th
Lower Caversham6237911th
Lower Earley North2482423rd
Lower Earley South3544517th
Norcot North75795Eighth
Norcot South1,349148Second
Palmer Park1,117106Fourth
Reading Central4,217287First
Sonning & Woodley North2903819th
Southampton Street & Redlands Road1,092104Fifth
Southcote927107Third
Southlake2963420th
Tilehurst North3925213th
Tilehurst South763103Sixth
Whitley Wood69998Seventh
Wokingham Road67082Tenth
Woodley South3524915th

Reading Neighbourhood Crime Breakdown

Showing the safest and most dangerous parts of Reading for specific criminal activity, with crime count and rate shown in brackets.

Crime TypeSafest NeighbourhoodMost Dangerous Neighbourhood
Anti-Social BehaviourCaversham Heights (24)Reading Central (375)
Bicycle TheftCaversham Emmer Green (1)Reading Central (240)
BurglaryLower Earley South (6)Reading Central (129)
Criminal Damage and ArsonCaversham Heights (11)Reading Central (257)
DrugsCaversham Heights (2)Reading Central (185)
Other CrimeLower Earley North (2)Reading Central (37)
Other TheftLower Earley South (12)Reading Central (405)
Possession of WeaponsLower Earley North (1)Reading Central (62)
Public OrderCaversham Heights (18)Reading Central (674)
Robbery (inc. mugging)Earley (1)Reading Central (55)
ShopliftingCaversham Emmer Green (3)Reading Central (434)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)Earley (2)Reading Central (160)
Vehicle CrimeLower Earley South (12)Norcot South (99)
Violence and Sexual OffencesLower Earley North (92)Reading Central (1,457)

Crime in Reading During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Reading change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Reading saw a 113% increase in public order. Reading saw a large fall in theft from the person during August, when it fell by 79% compared to August in 2019. Other Theft saw a fall in every month of Reading's lockdown.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour+5%+6%-12%-12%+5%+18%+6%+6%+18%+24%
Bicycle Theft+52%-24%-40%+36%+35%+21%--42%-17%-19%
Burglary+31%+8%+1%+19%+8%+21%+11%-19%-5%-52%
Criminal Damage and Arson-10%-21%-17%-5%+12%-4%+1%-18%-18%+1%
Drugs+14%-5%-2%+32%+33%+9%+78%-22%+71%+17%
Other Crime-27%-40%--13%+25%+13%+57%+35%+40%-8%
Other Theft-13%-58%-20%-32%-32%-47%-24%-2%-12%-
Possession of Weapons-42%-36%+70%+6%+33%+38%+70%+100%-45%-27%
Public Order-17%-19%+22%+19%+21%+31%+59%+46%+103%+113%
Robbery-10%-31%--23%+57%-11%+30%-58%+50%-47%
Shoplifting-22%-66%-52%-37%+4%-18%+36%+35%-35%-37%
Theft From the Person+20%-64%-50%-59%-38%-79%-3%+8%-26%-50%
Vehicle Crime+15%-6%-29%-10%-15%+18%+29%+97%+86%+18%
Violence and Sexual Offences+25%-12%+4%-7%+20%+36%+10%+4%-+12%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Reading

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

How dangerous is Reading?
Reading is the most dangerous city in Berkshire.

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

What is the least common crime in Reading?
Reading's least common crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Search icon

Search by area