Wokingham Crime Overview

Wokingham is among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in the South East, and among the top 20 safest overall out of the UK's medium-sized towns. The overall crime rate in Wokingham in 2020 was 42 crimes per 1,000 people.

The most common crimes in Wokingham are violence and sexual offences, with 647 offences during 2020, giving a crime rate of 18. This is 19% higher than 2019's figure of 525 offences and a difference of 3.38 from 2019's crime rate of 15. Wokingham's least common crimes are possession of weapons, with 6 offences recorded in 2020, the same as 2019's figure of 6 crimes.

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Summary of Crimes in Wokingham This Year

 Wokingham
CrimeCountRate
Anti-Social Behaviour3038.39
Bicycle Theft481.33
Burglary802.22
Criminal Damage and Arson1784.93
Drugs611.69
Other Crime350.97
Other Theft1082.99
Possession of Weapons60.17
Public Order1103.05
Robbery80.22
Shoplifting892.46
Theft From the Person290.80
Vehicle Crime1143.16
Violence and Sexual Offences64717.92

Wokingham Crime Trends

 Crime Rate Per 1,000 Residents 
Crime2017201820192020Trend
Anti-Social Behaviour111188Safer
Bicycle Theft1.41.91.91.3Safer
Burglary3.63.43.82.2Safer
Criminal Damage and Arson7874.9Safer
Drugs1.11.11.61.7Getting worse
Other Crime0.640.780.580.97Getting worse
Other Theft5.0553.0Safer
Possession of Weapons0.360.280.170.17Safer
Public Order1.01.82.23.0Getting worse
Robbery0.420.170.300.22Safer
Shoplifting4.64.13.82.5Safer
Theft From the Person1.00.860.860.80Safer
Vehicle Crime1.73.04.13.2Getting worse
Violence and Sexual Offences8131518Getting worse

Comparing Wokingham to the UK's Major Cities

Medium-Sized TownsCrime RateRate Difference
Wokingham41.90-
Coventry71.5041% more dangerous
Sheffield73.9943% more dangerous
Kirklees74.2344% more dangerous
Croydon77.1846% more dangerous
Bradford79.1947% more dangerous
London80.7048% more dangerous
Birmingham89.0253% more dangerous
Bristol91.5754% more dangerous
Leeds91.9054% more dangerous
Leicester102.5159% more dangerous
Liverpool105.9460% more dangerous

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 May, when Wokingham saw a 400% increase in other crime. Wokingham saw a large fall in burglary during November, when it fell by 87% compared to November in 2019.

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

Wokingham's Population Centres

 Total CrimesCrime RateRate Difference from Wokingham
Earley1,1753521% safer
Finchampstead3843135% safer
Shinfield7204915% more dangerous
Winnersh465456% more dangerous
Woodley9083231% safer

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 among the top 5 safest medium-sized towns in the South East.
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: 01 Mar 2021