Thatcham Crime Overview

Thatcham is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Berkshire, and is the 34th most dangerous overall out of Berkshire's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Thatcham in 2020 was 50 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 36% lower than the Berkshire rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Thatcham is the 35th safest medium-sized town, and the 3,091st most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In November 2020, Thatcham was the worst medium-sized town in Berkshire for criminal damage and arson, with 23 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.91 per 1,000 inhabitants. December 2020 was also a bad month for Thatcham residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for drugs, recording 19 crimes at a rate of 0.75 per 1,000 residents. Thatcham recorded 1 report of possession of weapons during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.04 the worst medium-sized town for possession of weapons in Berkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Thatcham are violence and sexual offences, with 622 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 24. This is 32% higher than 2019's figure of 426 offences and a difference of 7.72 from 2019's crime rate of 17. Thatcham's least common crime is robbery, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Thatcham Compared To Berkshire

Summary of Crimes in Thatcham This Year

 ThatchamBerkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour35113.8210,22311.1719% more dangerous
Bicycle Theft271.061,9062.0896% safer
Burglary542.133,6283.9686% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1646.466,6027.2112% safer
Drugs823.232,5522.7914% more dangerous
Other Crime271.061,2321.3527% safer
Other Theft742.914,7975.2480% safer
Possession of Weapons110.436640.7370% safer
Public Order833.274,7155.1557% safer
Robbery60.246530.71196% safer
Shoplifting592.323,0663.3544% safer
Theft From the Person70.281,0031.10293% safer
Vehicle Crime451.776,1716.74281% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences62224.4924,63826.9210% safer

Thatcham Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Woodley47116.63199% safer
Earley65719.32157% safer
Wokingham1,66146.008% safer
Thatcham1,26149.65-
Newbury2,40471.4431% more dangerous
Windsor2,33471.5131% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Thatcham

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Thatcham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour16101514Getting worse
Bicycle Theft1.31.11.31.1Safer
Burglary2.61.92.52.1Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson9676Safer
Drugs3.21.62.33.2Getting worse
Other Crime0.911.10.911.1Getting worse
Other Theft3.74.03.22.9Safer
Possession of Weapons0.350.430.630.43Safer
Public Order1.11.62.43.3Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)-0.120.240.24Getting worse
Shoplifting63.84.32.3Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.710.510.470.28Safer
Vehicle Crime3.43.13.91.8Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11151724Getting worse

Changes In Thatcham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Thatcham's Green Spaces

We only display green spaces in Thatcham that are named, and have had crimes recorded within their boundaries during 2020.

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Henwick Worthy Sports Ground4---210.48
The Moors Playing Field-1---00.42

Comparing Thatcham to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Thatcham49.65-
Barnet67.7127% more dangerous
Coventry77.4136% more dangerous
Croydon83.2240% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8142% more dangerous
Bristol86.2142% more dangerous
Leicester97.4449% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8752% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2854% more dangerous
Bradford133.0263% more dangerous
Leeds137.1064% more dangerous

Crime in Thatcham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Thatcham North East19929Third
Thatcham Town47159First
Thatcham West24131Second

Crime in Thatcham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Thatcham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Thatcham saw a 400% increase in shoplifting. Thatcham saw a large fall in shoplifting during June, when it fell by 91% compared to June in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-4%-14%-25%-33%-24%-4%-39%+39%+33%+19%
Bicycle Theft-67%-+20%-33%-67%+67%----
Burglary+200%+100%-14%-50%-60%-+25%-33%-50%-29%
Criminal Damage and Arson+33%-38%-20%-50%-23%+67%-36%-52%+15%+150%
Drugs+300%+200%+80%+100%-83%+350%-29%-55%+300%+280%
Other Crime-67%-80%+100%+50%+100%--33%+200%--
Other Theft-36%-67%-25%-60%--29%-+63%+71%-30%
Possession of Weapons+100%---33%--+100%---67%
Public Order-50%+17%-43%+129%+17%+250%-44%+133%+100%+11%
Robbery---------50%-
Shoplifting+43%-60%-60%-91%--60%+25%-82%-57%+400%
Theft From the Person--------67%-+100%
Vehicle Crime-31%-57%-71%-62%-63%-60%-33%-79%-78%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences+47%+123%+80%+115%+26%+60%+37%+17%+48%-11%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Thatcham

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

Last updated: 07 May 2021