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Crime and Safety in Woodley

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Woodley is the second safest medium-sized town in Berkshire, and is the 45th safest overall out of Berkshire's 107 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Woodley in 2021 was 38 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 98% lower than the Berkshire rate of 75 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Woodley is among the top 10 safest medium-sized towns, and the 5,087th most dangerous location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In May 2021, Woodley was the worst medium-sized town in Berkshire for possession of weapons, with 1 crime reported and a crime rate of 0.04 per 1,000 inhabitants. August 2021 was also a bad month for Woodley residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 1 crime at a rate of 0.04 per 1,000 residents. Woodley recorded 1 report of other crime during August 2021, making its crime rate of 0.04 the worst medium-sized town for other crime in Berkshire that month.

The most common crimes in Woodley are violence and sexual offences, with 523 offences during 2021, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 19% higher than 2020's figure of 424 offences and a difference of 3.50 from 2020's crime rate of 15. Woodley's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 5 offences recorded in 2021, an increase of 60% from 2020's figure of 2 crimes.

Woodley 2022 Crime Scorecard

Second Safest

Medium-Sized Towns, Berkshire

89% lower, regional crime rate

South East

101% lower, national crime rate

England, Wales & NI

Local Crime in Context

As of 2022, the crime rate in Woodley is 89% lower than the South East and 101% lower than the England, Wales & Northern Ireland overall figure.

Woodley Crime Rate Over Time

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Incidents mapped in Woodley 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 Woodley

YearCrime Rate per
1,000 people
Total Crimes
2021381,075
202035988
201932905
201832907
201731867
201626729

Crime in Woodley Compared To Berkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Woodley This Year

 WoodleyBerkshire 
CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour1575.549,47710.35 87% safer
Bicycle Theft140.491,6711.83 273% safer
Burglary431.522,8363.10 104% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson1033.646,4347.03 93% safer
Drugs250.882,4502.68 205% safer
Other Crime180.641,0761.18 84% safer
Other Theft883.115,5786.09 96% safer
Possession of Weapons50.185500.60 233% safer
Public Order1535.409,50810.39 92% safer
Robbery60.214460.49 133% safer
Shoplifting230.813,1913.49 331% safer
Theft From the Person240.851,0781.18 39% safer
Vehicle Crime501.775,0665.54 213% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences52318.4729,00331.69 72% safer

Woodley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns)

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Earley1,24936.723.4% safer
Woodley1,07537.96-
Wokingham1,87451.9027% more dangerous
Thatcham1,38454.4930% more dangerous
Windsor2,65281.2553% more dangerous
Newbury2,97888.5057% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Woodley

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Recent Crimes in Woodley

DateCrime TypeLocationOutcome
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Hanwood CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Wilmington CloseUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Beaufield CloseLocal resolution
April 2022BurglaryOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Other theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Keswick GardensInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Anthian CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Badgers RiseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near Perimeter RoadInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Criminal damage and arsonOn or near SupermarketLocal resolution
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Parking AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Bodmin RoadLocal resolution
April 2022RobberyOn or near Hartigan PlaceUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Violence and sexual offencesOn or near Fitzroy CrescentUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022DrugsOn or near Haddon DriveLocal resolution
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Woodlands AvenueInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Bicycle theftOn or near Chequers WayInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022Public orderOn or near Sports/Recreation AreaInvestigation complete; no suspect identified
April 2022ShopliftingOn or near Parking AreaUnable to prosecute suspect
April 2022Vehicle crimeOn or near Radcot CloseInvestigation complete; no suspect identified

Woodley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2018201920202021Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour7876 Safer
Bicycle Theft2.21.71.40.49 Safer
Burglary3.42.92.51.5 Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson4.04.34.03.6 Safer
Drugs0.460.560.880.88 Getting worse
Other Crime0.670.601.00.64 Safer
Other Theft2.62.42.53.1 Getting worse
Possession of Weapons0.070.180.070.18 Getting worse
Public Order1.51.72.65 Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)0.390.640.460.21 Safer
Shoplifting2.72.31.20.81 Safer
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing)0.420.600.530.85 Getting worse
Vehicle Crime2.62.62.81.8 Safer
Violence and Sexual Offences11121518 Getting worse

Changes In Woodley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Woodley to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Woodley37.96-
Barnet67.0843% more dangerous
Croydon82.4854% more dangerous
Sheffield90.0558% more dangerous
Bristol90.5258% more dangerous
Coventry102.2463% more dangerous
Leicester111.5966% more dangerous
Liverpool123.0669% more dangerous
Birmingham129.6471% more dangerous
Bradford132.2871% more dangerous
Leeds150.9475% more dangerous

Crime in Woodley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Woodley East24231First

Crime in Woodley During Coronavirus Lockdowns

Looking at the months the UK was in lockdown in 2020 due to Covid-19, how did crime rates in Woodley change compared to the same month in 2019? The biggest increase in lockdown crime came in December, when Woodley saw a 500% increase in shoplifting. Woodley saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 92% compared to November in 2019.

CrimeMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Anti-Social Behaviour-50%-15%-53%-+26%-19%-8%-42%+88%-60%
Bicycle Theft-33%-57%+100%--63%---67%-50%-
Burglary-50%+100%-50%+50%-40%-50%+38%--92%-50%
Criminal Damage and Arson+57%+71%+25%-36%-58%--38%-40%-76%-33%
Drugs+100%--+400%----40%+100%-
Other Crime+67%-+200%-+50%--+200%--
Other Theft---63%+60%+67%+40%-+50%+50%-
Public Order-17%+33%+67%-+100%+100%+450%+67%--50%
Robbery-+100%+200%--+100%----
Shoplifting-75%-60%+50%-73%-40%+100%-75%-83%-75%+500%
Theft From the Person--50%--+100%--50%-33%+100%-
Vehicle Crime-56%+33%-43%-67%-83%-17%+50%+100%+71%-8%
Violence and Sexual Offences+48%+35%+31%+14%+25%+135%+4%+45%-27%-19%

Frequently Asked Questions About Crime in Woodley

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

How dangerous is Woodley?
Woodley is the second safest medium-sized town in Berkshire.

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

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

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