Reading, PA crime analytics

Source & Methodology

Analytics built by:   Location, Inc.

Raw data sources:   18,000 local law enforcement agencies in the U.S.

Date(s) & Update Frequency:   Reflects 2019 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2020 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2020 data?

Methodology:   Our nationwide meta-analysis overcomes the issues inherent in any crime database, including non-reporting and reporting errors. This is possible by associating the 9.4 million reported crimes in the U.S, including over 2 million geocoded point locations…. Read more about Scout's Crime Data

The crime rate in Reading is considerably higher than the national average across all communities in America from the largest to the smallest, although at 28 crimes per one thousand residents, it is not among the communities with the very highest crime rate. The chance of becoming a victim of either violent or property crime in Reading is 1 in 36. Based on FBI crime data, Reading is not one of the safest communities in America. Relative to Pennsylvania, Reading has a crime rate that is higher than 93% of the state's cities and towns of all sizes.

How does the crime rate in Reading compare to similar sized communities across America? When NeighborhoodScout compared Reading with other communities its size, we found that the crime rate was near the average for all other communities of similar size. So, whether Reading's crime rate is high or low compared to all places in the US, when we control for population size and compare it to places that are similar in size, it is near the middle of the pack in crime rate; not much more or less dangerous, and about what we would expect from the statistics.

Now let us turn to take a look at how Reading does for violent crimes specifically, and then how it does for property crimes. This is important because the overall crime rate can be further illuminated by understanding if violent crime or property crimes (or both) are the major contributors to the general rate of crime in Reading.

For Reading, we found that the violent crime rate is one of the highest in the nation, across communities of all sizes (both large and small). Violent offenses tracked included rape, murder and non-negligent manslaughter, armed robbery, and aggravated assault, including assault with a deadly weapon. According to NeighborhoodScout's analysis of FBI reported crime data, your chance of becoming a victim of one of these crimes in Reading is one in 141.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Reading's rate for property crime is 21 per one thousand population. This makes Reading a place where there is an above average chance of becoming a victim of a property crime, when compared to all other communities in America of all population sizes. Property crimes are motor vehicle theft, arson, larceny, and burglary. Your chance of becoming a victim of any of these crimes in Reading is one in 48.

Reading Crime Data

 

Crime Index

17

(100 is safest)


Safer than 17% of U.S. Cities

Reading Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

626

1,846

2,472

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.08

20.89

27.97

Violent Crime

Violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

20 15 10 5 0
7.08
3.06
National Median: 4
    Reading
    Pennsylvania

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 141

in Reading

1 in 326

in Pennsylvania

Reading VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 88,375
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,425 139,815 267,988 821,182
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.82 2.50

Property Crime

Property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

100 75 50 25 0
20.89
14.03
National Median: 21
    Reading
    Pennsylvania

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 48

in Reading

1 in 71

in Pennsylvania

Reading Property CRIMES

Population: 88,375
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED
Rate per 1,000 UNREPORTED UNREPORTED UNREPORTED

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 328,239,523
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,117,696 5,086,096 721,885
Rate per 1,000 3.41 15.50 2.20

Reading Crimes Per Square Mile

200 150 100 50 0
244
41
National Median: 28.3
    Reading
    Pennsylvania