UK Crime Statistics: How Does Wokingham Compare?

There are many things to consider when looking for a new home including schools, local amenities, parking and commutability. However, crime remains an important factor in the choice of the area in which we choose to live.

We thought we’d take a look at the latest crime statistics for the Wokingham area and consider how safe the town is when compared to other towns in the Thames Valley are.

Wokingham: Crime Statistics

According to the Police UK website, the number of crimes reported  in Wokingham (town not Borough) for the period February 2018 to January 2019 was 1,589.

This can be broken down as follows:

Crime type Total Percentage
Violence and sexual offences 366 23.03%
Anti-social behaviour 311 19.57%
Criminal damage and arson 224 14.10%
Other theft 160 10.07%
Shoplifting 136 8.56%
Burglary 99 6.23%
Vehicle crime 90 5.66%
Bicycle theft 65 4.09%
Public order 53 3.34%
Theft from the person 30 1.89%
Other crime 25 1.57%
Drugs 19 1.20%
Possession of weapons 7 0.44%
Robbery 4 0.25%

 

With a population of 30,690 people (town not Borough), this equates to an incident rate of 1 crime per 19.31 people per annum.

Coupled with information from Number, the crowd sourced comparison site, the perception of crime in the Wokingham area is also low with Wokingham having a crime index rating of 17.65 and a safety scale of 82.35.

This can be broken down with the following levels of concerns being noted among people living in Wokingham:

Level of crime Very Low 12.50
Crime increasing in the past 3 years Moderate 50.00
Worries home broken and things stolen Low 37.50
Worries being mugged or robbed Very Low 12.50
Worries car stolen Low 37.50
Worries things from car stolen Low 37.50
Worries attacked Very Low 12.50
Worries being insulted Very Low 12.50
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion Very Low 0.00
Problem people using or dealing drugs Very Low 12.50
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft Very Low 12.50
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery Very Low 12.50
Problem corruption and bribery Very Low 0.00

 

Across the whole of the Wokingham Borough, with a population of around 150,000 people crime types for the last three years can be split as follows:

wokingham crime statistics

This includes data from all 25 wards of the Wokingham area including Finchampstead, Winnersh, Twyford and Arborfield.

For the period December 2018, the following total number of crimes for the 25 wards of the Wokingham district were recorded as follows:

  • Norresy – 44
  • Wescott – 38
  • Shinfield South – 37
  • Bulmershe And Whitegates – 37
  • Emmbrook – 36
  • Finchampstead South – 32
  • Hawkedon – 27
  • Loddon – 20
  • Remenham, Wargrave And Ruscombe – 19
  • Twyford – 18
  • Winnersh – 17
  • Hillside – 17
  • Coronation – 16
  • Sonning – 15
  • Finchampstead North – 12
  • Wokingham Without – 10
  • Shinfield North – 10
  • Evendons – 10
  • Arborfield – 8
  • Swallowfield – 5
  • Maiden Erlegh – 5
  • Barkham – 4
  • Charvil  – 4
  • South Lake – 3
  • Hurst – 1
crime in wokingham

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Crime in Wokingham: A Comparison (Local Area)

So, how does Wokingham compare to a variety of other towns in the Thames Valley area?

Crime type Wokingham Sandhurst Ascot Pangbourne Winnersh
Anti-social behaviour 311 92 149 262 210
Bicycle theft 65 11 11 16 22
Burglary 99 47 106 178 65
Criminal damage and arson 224 78 91 244 104
Drugs 19 6 23 36 36
Other crime 25 14 8 25 7
Other theft 160 155 154 230 101
Possession of weapons 7 2 7 10 6
Public order 53 24 27 63 38
Robbery 4 2 10 6 5
Shoplifting 136 99 17 46 59
Theft from the person 30 9 19 6 5
Vehicle crime 90 57 149 211 77
Violence and sexual offences 366 238 258 387 231
Total No Crimes 1589 834 1029 1720 966
Population 30690 20641 5753 2978 9407
Crime Rate Per Person 19.31 24.75 5.59 1.73 9.74

 

As can be seen from the above, the crime incidence rate per population in Wokingham, when compared to some other regions in the area, is less frequent.

Again, the perception of people living in Wokingham of crime in their area is noticeably less alarming when compared to those of people living in other areas, Reading for example:

Indices Wokingham Reading
Level of crime Very Low 12.50 Moderate 46.25
Crime increasing in the past 3 years Moderate 50.00 High 65.79
Worries home broken and things stolen Low 37.50 Low 38.75
Worries being mugged or robbed Very Low 12.50 Low 35.00
Worries car stolen Low 37.50 Low 33.75
Worries things from car stolen Low 37.50 Low 36.25
Worries attacked Very Low 12.50 Low 34.21
Worries being insulted Very Low 12.50 Moderate 46.25
Worries being subject to a physical attack because of your skin colour, ethnic origin or religion Very Low 0.00 Very Low 18.42
Problem people using or dealing drugs Very Low 12.50 Moderate 57.89
Problem property crimes such as vandalism and theft Very Low 12.50 Low 39.47
Problem violent crimes such as assault and armed robbery Very Low 12.50 Low 31.25
Problem corruption and bribery Very Low 0.00 Very Low

 

crime rates in wokingham

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