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Crime and Safety in Wokingham

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Wokingham is the third safest medium-sized towns in Berkshire, and is the 37th most dangerous overall out of Berkshire's 107 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wokingham in 2021 was 52 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 45% lower than the Berkshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wokingham is the 32nd safest medium-sized town, and the 3,038th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In September 2021, Wokingham was the worst medium-sized town in Berkshire for bicycle theft, with 14 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.39 per 1,000 inhabitants. November 2021 was also a bad month for Wokingham residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for burglary, recording 11 crimes at a rate of 0.30 per 1,000 residents. Wokingham recorded 5 reports of other crime during September 2021, making its crime rate of 0.14 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Berkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wokingham are violence and sexual offences, with 788 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 22. This is 11% higher than 2020's figure of 700 offences and a difference of 2.43 from 2020's crime rate of 19. Wokingham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 9 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 22% from 2020's figure of 7 crimes.

Wokingham 2022 Crime Scorecard

Third Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Berkshire

39% lower, regional crime rate

South East

47% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Wokingham is 39% lower than the South East and 47% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Wokingham Crime Rate Over Time

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Wokingham Crime Map

Incidents mapped in Wokingham 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 Wokingham

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021521,874
2020461,661
2019461,648
2018431,560
2017361,308
2016381,382

Crime in Wokingham Compared To Berkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Wokingham This Year

 WokinghamBerkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3309.149,47710.35 13% safer
Bicycle Theft691.911,6711.83 4.2% more dangerous
Burglary892.462,8363.10 26% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1514.186,4347.03 68% safer
Drugs621.722,4502.68 56% safer
Other Crime280.781,0761.18 51% safer
Other Theft1704.715,5786.09 29% safer
Possession of Weapons90.255500.60 140% safer
Public Order2336.459,50810.39 61% safer
Robbery140.394460.49 26% safer
Shoplifting1193.303,1913.49 6% safer
Theft From the Person340.941,0781.18 26% safer
Vehicle Crime1082.995,0665.54 85% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences78821.8229,00331.69 45% safer

Wokingham Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Earley1,24936.7241% safer
Woodley1,07537.9637% safer
Wokingham1,87451.90-
Thatcham1,38454.494.8% more dangerous
Windsor2,65281.2536% more dangerous
Newbury2,97888.5041% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wokingham

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Recent Crimes in Wokingham

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Police StationInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near The GreenInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Elms RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Rose StreetUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Market SquareInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaAction to be taken by another organisation
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Plough LaneInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Venus CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Luckley PathInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near SupermarketUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Priest AvenueUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Other theftOn or near Fernlea DriveUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Theft from the personOn or near Matthewsgreen RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Davy CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Thorpe CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Shopping AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Luckley PathInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Wokingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour11899 Safer
Bicycle Theft1.91.91.61.9 Getting worse
Burglary3.43.82.42.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson8754.2 Safer
Drugs1.11.61.81.7 Getting worse
Other Crime0.780.581.00.78 Getting worse
Other Theft553.64.7 Safer
Possession of Weapons0.280.170.190.25 Safer
Public Order1.82.23.66 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.170.300.220.39 Getting worse
Shoplifting4.13.82.73.3 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.860.861.00.94 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime3.04.13.33.0 Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences13151922 Getting worse

Changes In Wokingham's Crime Rates Over Time

Offences in Wokingham's Green Spaces

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

NameASBDrugsPublic OrderRobberyVSOAll OthersCrimes per Hectare
Langborough Recreation Ground-1---31.9

Comparing Wokingham to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wokingham51.90-
Barnet67.0823% more dangerous
Croydon82.4837% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0542% more dangerous
Bristol90.5243% more dangerous
Coventry102.2449% more dangerous
Leicester111.5953% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0658% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6460% more dangerous
Bradford132.2861% more dangerous
Leeds150.9466% more dangerous

Crime in Wokingham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wokingham East23527Third
Wokingham Town1,005111First
Wokingham West & South33939Second

Crime in Wokingham During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Wokingham change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Wokingham saw a 600% increase in theft from the person. Wokingham saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 87% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-14%-38%-45%-6%+13%+150%-4%+15%+133%+107%
Bicycle Theft-29%----25%-50%-17%-33%+300%+29%
Burglary-56%-81%-22%---71%-20%-72%-87%-44%
Criminal Damage and Arson-29%-60%-7%-30%-5%+25%+79%-+31%-38%
Drugs+33%+200%+100%+17%+150%+50%+17%-50%-50%-63%
Other Crime-75%+50%+400%+67%+400%+300%-+100%-50%+100%
Other Theft-75%-45%-57%-20%-35%-57%-42%+44%-13%+67%
Possession of Weapons-------50%---
Public Order+120%-63%+86%+300%+120%+100%+33%+120%-10%+27%
Robbery----67%-+200%-50%---
Shoplifting-50%-74%-64%-42%+100%+83%-70%-64%-63%-56%
Theft From the Person-25%--+300%+50%-+100%--50%+600%
Vehicle Crime--78%--67%--40%--19%+283%-68%
Violence and Sexual Offences+2%-29%+111%+49%+95%+15%+24%+2%+56%-15%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Wokingham

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

How dangerous is Wokingham?
Wokingham is the third safest medium-sized town in Berkshire.

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

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

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