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Reading, Pennsylvania Crime Statistics

This webpage contains crime data for Reading, Pennsylvania. You can look at the breakdown of crime by type, changes to crime rates over time, and see how Reading compares to similar locations. If you are interested in seeing public records links for Reading, Pennsylvania, you can click the Public Records tab at the top.

Total Crime

Between 1999 and 2008 there were 58,852 total crimes reported in Reading, Pennsylvania (9,667 of them violent). Of the 5,885 crimes that transpire each year in Reading, just about one half take place less than a mile from home. On average, someone is a victim of a crime in Reading, Pennsylvania 17 times each day. This includes 151 murders, 454 rapes, and over thirty-five thousand thefts (including 8,604 automobile thefts).

Crime Trends

Throughout the last 10 years, crime data were available in Reading, Pennsylvania for all 10 years. Over that period of time, reported crime in Reading has diminished by 16 per-cent. In the course of the same period, violent crime dropped by 2 per-cent. Taken as a whole, the crime rates are a sign of a rapid drop off in crime over the last 10 years in Reading. If the current trend continues, predicted crime numbers could fall to six thousand for Reading, Pennsylvania in 2009.

Crime Trends in Reading, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

Bear in mind that these graphs show reported crime data and large changes in crime rates can be the result of changes in reporting, not actual changes in crime rates.

Crime Comparisons

Crime rates per 1,000 population in cities like Reading, Pennsylvania (1999-2008)

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Crime Data Information

Reading, Pennsylvania law enforcement agencies report their statistics to the FBI UCR program. The data reported for Reading 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.