Reading, PA
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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 2018 calendar year; released from FBI in Sept. 2019 (latest available). Updated annually. Where is 2019 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

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 30 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 34. 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.

Importantly, when you compare Reading to other communities of similar population, then Reading crime rate (violent and property crimes combined) is quite a bit higher than average. Regardless of how Reading does relative to all communities in America of all sizes, when NeighborhoodScout compared it to communities of similar population size, its crime rate per thousand residents stands out as higher than most.

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.

Significantly, based on the number of murders reported by the FBI and the number of residents living in the city, NeighborhoodScout's analysis shows that Reading experiences one of the higher murder rates in the nation when compared with cities and towns for all sizes of population, from the largest to the smallest.

NeighborhoodScout's analysis also reveals that Reading's rate for property crime is 23 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 44.

Reading Crime Data

 

Crime Index

15

(100 is safest)


Safer than 15% of U.S. Cities

Reading Annual Crimes

  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

629

1,995

2,624

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

7.11

22.54

29.65

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Reading 7.11
Pennsylvania 3.06

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 141

in Reading

1 in 327

in Pennsylvania

Reading VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 88,495
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 19 53 221 336
Rate per 1,000 0.21 0.60 2.50 3.80

United States VIOLENT CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 16,214 139,380 282,061 807,410
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.43 0.86 2.47

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Reading 22.54
Pennsylvania 14.90

My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 44

in Reading

1 in 67

in Pennsylvania

Reading Property CRIMES

Population: 88,495
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 603 1,203 189
Rate per 1,000 6.81 13.59 2.14

United States Property CRIMES

Population: 327,167,434
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,230,149 5,217,055 748,841
Rate per 1,000 3.76 15.95 2.29

Reading Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Reading 259
Pennsylvania 43