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Berks County, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime figures for Berks County, Pennsylvania. You can examine the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime numbers over time, and see how Berks County compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records resources for Berks County, Pennsylvania, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 89,510 total crimes reported in Berks County, Pennsylvania (11,503 of them violent). Of the 8,951 crimes that occur a year in Berks County, almost half happen less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Berks County, Pennsylvania every 58 minutes. This includes 170 murders, 568 rapes, and more than sixty thousand thefts (including 10,845 motor vehicle thefts).

Crime Trends

During the previous 10 years, crime data were available in Berks County, Pennsylvania for all 10 years. Over that interval, reported crime in Berks County increased by 26 percent. Over that same time frame, violent crime increased by 16 percent. Overall, the crime numbers reveal a gradual increase in crime over the last 10 years in Berks County. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could hit more than ten thousand for Berks County, Pennsylvania in 2009.

Crime Trends in Berks County, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

Remember that these graphs show reported crime figures and some step offs in crime numbers may be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in counties like Berks County, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

Visitors are cautioned against interpreting ranking data to determine 'how dangerous' a certain location is, as many factors, including episodic events, or differences in crime reporting and methodology can skew rankings. Click on the individual graph bars to see crime figures in these locations.

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Crime Data Information

Berks County, Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. RecordsPedia would like to note the following information related to Berks County:

  • In 1999, 2001-2004, 2006-2008, crime data include information from the Central Berks Regional Police Department.
  • In 2002-2008, berks county crime data may also include some data from Lehigh county due to joint reporting by Berks-Lehigh Regional
  • In 2002-2008, crime data include information from the Northern Berks Regional Police.
The data reported for Berks County conform to the FBI data quality guidelines. For more information, and a description of the statistical methods and data algorithms used by RecordsPedia, please visit our methodology section.