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Crime and Safety in Thatcham

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Thatcham is the third most dangerous medium-sized town in Berkshire, and is the 32nd most dangerous overall out of Berkshire's 107 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Thatcham in 2021 was 54 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 38% lower than the Berkshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Thatcham is the 44th safest medium-sized town, and the 2,783rd most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In February 2021, Thatcham was the worst medium-sized town in Berkshire for criminal damage and arson, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.55 per 1,000 inhabitants. February 2021 was also a bad month for Thatcham residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for bicycle theft, recording 4 crimes at a rate of 0.16 per 1,000 residents. Thatcham recorded 4 reports of other crime during February 2021, making its crime rate of 0.16 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Berkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Thatcham are violence and sexual offences, with 623 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 25. This is 0.16% higher than 2020's figure of 622 offences and a difference of 0.04 from 2020's crime rate of 24. Thatcham's least common crime is robbery, with 2 offences recorded in 2021, a decrease of 200% from 2020's figure of 6 crimes.

Thatcham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Most Dangerous

Medium-Sized Towns, Berkshire

32% lower, regional crime rate

South East

40% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Thatcham is 32% lower than the South East and 40% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Thatcham Crime Rate Over Time

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Thatcham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Thatcham 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 Thatcham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021541,384
2020501,261
2019461,174
2018411,029
2017431,098
2016411,037

Crime in Thatcham Compared To Berkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Thatcham This Year

 ThatchamBerkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour2349.219,47710.35 12% safer
Bicycle Theft200.791,6711.83 132% safer
Burglary371.462,8363.10 112% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1546.066,4347.03 16% safer
Drugs411.612,4502.68 66% safer
Other Crime281.101,0761.18 7% safer
Other Theft783.075,5786.09 98% safer
Possession of Weapons130.515500.60 18% safer
Public Order2309.069,50810.39 15% safer
Robbery20.084460.49 512% safer
Shoplifting1044.093,1913.49 15% more dangerous
Theft From the Person130.511,0781.18 131% safer
Vehicle Crime411.615,0665.54 244% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences62324.5329,00331.69 29% safer

Thatcham Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Earley1,24936.7248% safer
Woodley1,07537.9644% safer
Wokingham1,87451.905.0% safer
Thatcham1,38454.49-
Windsor2,65281.2533% more dangerous
Newbury2,97888.5038% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Thatcham

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Recent Crimes in Thatcham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bath RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Public orderOn or near Ash CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bowling Green RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Westfield RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Elm GroveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Public orderOn or near Bath RoadUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Mount RoadAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Almond DriveInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near FylingdalesUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Wordsworth RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Elms AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Crookham HillInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near SupermarketInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022DrugsOn or near Braemore CloseLocal resolution
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Heath LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near WesterdaleUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near TurnfieldsInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Rosemary GardensUnable to prosecute suspect

Thatcham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour1015149 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.11.31.10.79 Safer
Burglary1.92.52.11.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson6766 Safer
Drugs1.62.33.21.6 Safer
Other Crime1.10.911.11.1 Getting worse
Other Theft4.03.22.93.1 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.430.630.430.51 Getting worse
Public Order1.62.43.39 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.120.240.240.08 Safer
Shoplifting3.84.32.34.1 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.510.470.280.51 Safer
Vehicle Crime3.13.91.81.6 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences15172425 Getting 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 2021.

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
Thatcham54.49-
Barnet67.0819% more dangerous
Croydon82.4834% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0539% more dangerous
Bristol90.5240% more dangerous
Coventry102.2447% more dangerous
Leicester111.5951% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0656% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6458% more dangerous
Bradford132.2859% more dangerous
Leeds150.9464% more dangerous

Crime in Thatcham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Thatcham North East25037Second
Thatcham Town59675First
Thatcham West24932Third

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).

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