Wokingham Crime Overview

Wokingham is the third safest medium-sized town in Berkshire, and is the 39th most dangerous overall out of Berkshire's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Wokingham in 2020 was 46 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 46% lower than the Berkshire rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Wokingham is the 29th safest medium-sized town, and the 3,517th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Wokingham was the worst medium-sized town in Berkshire for burglary, with 7 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.19 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2020 was also a bad month for Wokingham residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for criminal damage and arson, recording 30 crimes at a rate of 0.83 per 1,000 residents. Wokingham recorded 9 reports of bicycle theft during December 2020, making its crime rate of 0.25 the worst medium-sized town for bicycle theft in Berkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Wokingham are violence and sexual offences, with 700 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 19. This is 25% higher than 2019's figure of 525 offences and a difference of 4.85 from 2019's crime rate of 15. Wokingham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 7 offences recorded in 2020, an increase of 14% from 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Crime in Wokingham Compared To Berkshire

Summary of Crimes in Wokingham This Year

 WokinghamBerkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour3349.2510,22311.1721% safer
Bicycle Theft571.581,9062.0832% safer
Burglary852.353,6283.9669% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1935.356,6027.2135% safer
Drugs641.772,5522.7958% safer
Other Crime371.021,2321.3532% safer
Other Theft1283.554,7975.2448% safer
Possession of Weapons70.196640.73284% safer
Public Order1293.574,7155.1544% safer
Robbery80.226530.71223% safer
Shoplifting972.693,0663.3525% safer
Theft From the Person361.001,0031.1010% safer
Vehicle Crime1203.326,1716.74103% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences70019.3924,63826.9239% safer

Wokingham Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Woodley47116.63177% safer
Earley65719.32138% safer
Wokingham1,66146.00-
Thatcham1,26149.657% more dangerous
Newbury2,40471.4436% more dangerous
Windsor2,33471.5136% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Wokingham

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Wokingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour111189Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.91.91.6Safer
Burglary3.63.43.82.4Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7875Safer
Drugs1.11.11.61.8Getting worse
Other Crime0.640.780.581.0Getting worse
Other Theft5.0553.6Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.280.170.19Safer
Public Order1.01.82.23.6Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.420.170.300.22Safer
Shoplifting4.64.13.82.7Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)1.00.860.861.0Getting worse
Vehicle Crime1.73.04.13.3Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences8131519Getting 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 2020.

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

Comparing Wokingham to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Wokingham46.00-
Barnet67.7132% more dangerous
Coventry77.4141% more dangerous
Croydon83.2245% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8146% more dangerous
Bristol86.2147% more dangerous
Leicester97.4453% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8755% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2857% more dangerous
Bradford133.0265% more dangerous
Leeds137.1066% more dangerous

Crime in Wokingham's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Wokingham East21225Third
Wokingham Town84693First
Wokingham West & South36241Second

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.

Last updated: 07 May 2021