Reading, PA
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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 38 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 26. 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. In fact, after researching dangerous places to live, NeighborhoodScout found Reading to be one of the top 100 most dangerous cities in the U.S.A.

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 119.

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 29 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 34.

Importantly, we found that Reading has one of the highest rates of motor vehicle theft in the nation according to our analysis of FBI crime data. This is compared to communities of all sizes, from the smallest to the largest. In fact, your chance of getting your car stolen if you live in Reading is one in 349.

Reading Crime Data

 
Crime Index

12

(100 is safest)


Safer than 12% of U.S. Cities

Reading Annual Crimes
  Violent Property Total

Number of Crimes

739

2,582

3,321

Crime Rate
(per 1,000 residents)

8.41

29.38

37.79

Violent Crime

violent Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Reading 8.41
Pennsylvania 3.15
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Violent Crime

1 in 119

in Reading

1 in 317

in Pennsylvania
Reading VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 87,879
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 13 39 291 396
Rate per 1,000 0.15 0.44 3.31 4.51
United States VIOLENT CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
Murder Rape Robbery Assault
Report Total 15,696 124,047 327,374 764,449
Rate per 1,000 0.05 0.39 1.02 2.38

Property Crime

property Crime Comparison (per 1,000 residents)

Crime
Reading 29.38
Pennsylvania 18.13
My Chances of Becoming a Victim of a Property Crime

1 in 34

in Reading

1 in 55

in Pennsylvania
Reading Property CRIMES
Population: 87,879
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 729 1,601 252
Rate per 1,000 8.30 18.22 2.87
United States Property CRIMES
Population: 321,418,820
burglary theft motor vehicle theft
Report Total 1,579,527 5,706,346 707,758
Rate per 1,000 4.91 17.75 2.20

Reading Crimes Per Square Mile

Crime
Reading 328
Pennsylvania 51