Woodley Crime Overview

Woodley is the safest medium-sized town in Berkshire, and is among the top 10 safest overall out of Berkshire's 108 towns, villages, and cities. The overall crime rate in Woodley in 2020 was 17 crimes per 1,000 people. This compares favourably to Berkshire's overall crime rate, coming in 305% lower than the Berkshire rate of 67 per 1,000 residents. For England, Wales, and Northern Ireland as a whole, Woodley is the safest medium-sized town, and the 1,991st safest location out of all towns, cities, and villages.

In March 2020, Woodley was the worst medium-sized town in Berkshire for other crime, with 4 crimes reported and a crime rate of 0.14 per 1,000 inhabitants. January 2019 was also a bad month for Woodley residents, when it was Berkshire's most dangerous medium-sized town for robbery, recording 2 crimes at a rate of 0.07 per 1,000 residents.

The most common crimes in Woodley are violence and sexual offences, with 185 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 7. This is 14% higher than 2019's figure of 159 offences and a difference of 0.92 from 2019's crime rate of 6. Woodley's least common crime is robbery, with 1 offence recorded in 2020, a decrease of 700% from 2019's figure of 8 crimes.

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Crime in Woodley Compared To Berkshire

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Summary of Crimes in Woodley This Year

CrimeCountRateCountRateRate Difference
Anti-Social Behaviour903.1810,22311.17251% safer
Bicycle Theft190.671,9062.08210% safer
Burglary311.093,6283.96263% safer
Criminal Damage and Arson411.456,6027.21397% safer
Drugs220.782,5522.79258% safer
Other Crime140.491,2321.35176% safer
Other Theft371.314,7975.24300% safer
Public Order401.414,7155.15265% safer
Robbery10.046530.711675% safer
Shoplifting230.813,0663.35314% safer
Theft From the Person80.281,0031.10293% safer
Vehicle Crime501.776,1716.74281% safer
Violence and Sexual Offences1856.5324,63826.92312% safer

Woodley Compared to Nearby Medium-Sized Towns

Medium-Sized TownTotal CrimesCrime RateRate Difference
Earley65719.3214% more dangerous
Wokingham1,66146.0064% more dangerous
Thatcham1,26149.6567% more dangerous
Newbury2,40471.4477% more dangerous
Windsor2,33471.5177% more dangerous

Crime Over Time in Woodley

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Woodley Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Anti-Social Behaviour4.
Bicycle Theft0.781.20.920.67Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson2.
Drugs0.350.280.320.78Getting worse
Other Crime0.390.390.140.49Getting worse
Other Theft0.991.61.11.3Getting worse
Public Order0.460.850.781.4Getting worse
Robbery (inc. mugging)
Theft From the Person (inc. pickpocketing) worse
Vehicle Crime1. worse
Violence and Sexual Offences3.8567Getting worse

Changes In Woodley's Crime Rates Over Time

Comparing Woodley to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownCrime RateRate Difference
Barnet67.7175% more dangerous
Coventry77.4179% more dangerous
Croydon83.2280% more dangerous
Sheffield85.8181% more dangerous
Bristol86.2181% more dangerous
Leicester97.4483% more dangerous
Birmingham102.8784% more dangerous
Liverpool107.2884% more dangerous
Bradford133.0287% more dangerous
Leeds137.1088% more dangerous

Crime in Woodley's Neighbourhoods

NeighbourhoodCrime CountCrime RateDanger Rank
Woodley East19124First

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 August, when Woodley saw a 600% increase in public order. Woodley saw a large fall in anti-social behaviour during May, when it fell by 80% compared to May in 2019.

Anti-Social Behaviour-44%-8%-80%-+89%-11%-13%-50%+233%-50%
Bicycle Theft--67%---60%-33%-25%-80%--
Criminal Damage and Arson-25%--33%-67%-40%-25%-63%-60%-+33%
Other Crime-----50%-----
Other Theft+67%-50%-50%+150%-+50%--+150%-
Public Order+200%-+250%-20%-+600%----
Theft From the Person----------
Vehicle Crime+50%-50%--33%-50%-60%+200%+600%+267%-50%
Violence and Sexual Offences-6%-10%+6%-7%+50%+114%-14%+50%-7%-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 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 crime is robbery (inc. mugging).

Last updated: 07 May 2021