Interactive map reveals Berkshire’s most dangerous neighborhoods, including parts of Reading Central, Slough and Maidenhead


Reading town center is the most dangerous place in Berkshire, according to crime figures. In the year ending January 2022, Reading Central suffered more crime than anywhere else in our region.

A total of 4,763 crimes have been committed in this neighborhood over the past 12 months. Compared to the population, this equates to 316 crimes per 1,000 people living there. Our interactive map is at the bottom of this article.

A big concern in Reading Central is the high rate of violence and sexual offences, with 102 of these types of crimes per 1,000 residents. But the neighborhood also had the highest rates of burglaries (nine per 1,000 residents), drug offenses (13 per 1,000 residents), weapons offenses (four per 1,000 residents), robbery (per 1,000 population) and criminal damage and arson (18 percent). 1,000 inhabitants).

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Central Slough and Upton Court had the second highest crime rate, with 239 offenses per 1,000 population, which was partly due to the county’s highest rates of antisocial behavior – 30 offenses per 1,000 population. Chalvey in Slough had the third highest crime rate (186 crimes per 1,000 population).

At the other end of the spectrum, the safest place in Berkshire was Barkham and Woose Hill in Wokingham, where there were just 22 offenses per 1,000 people. Across England and Wales, the most dangerous place to live is Strand, St James and Mayfair in Westminster, London – where there have been almost two crimes committed for every resident.

Strand, St James and Mayfair have the highest rates of burglaries in the country (31 per 1,000 population), drug offenses (106 per 1,000 population), public order offenses (103 per 1,000 inhabitants), robberies (83 per 1,000 inhabitants) and violence and sexual violence. offenses (289 per 1,000 inhabitants). This was followed by Fitzrovia West and nearby Soho, also Westminster, then Central Blackpool, Leeds City Centre, City of London (the historic financial district which is home to the Stock Exchange and Bank of England), and the Albert Dock area and Queen’s Dock in Liverpool. .

Central Blackpool has the highest rate of anti-social behavior in the country (291 crimes per 1,000 population). But the Langley Green and Gatwick Airport area in Crawley has the highest rate of weapons offences. And Southsea West in Portsmouth is the shoplifting capital of England and Wales, with a rate of 90 offenses per 1,000 people.

Jeffrey DeMarco, deputy director of the charity Victim Support, said: ‘The high crime rates in all parts of the country are concerning. We see firsthand the devastating impact crime has on victims – whether it’s causing them to question their sense of safety or seriously damaging their mental health.

“Looking at these numbers, it’s worth bearing in mind that there are many different ways to measure crime. Since many victims do not report to police, actual crime rates could be much higher. It is essential that victims receive support, regardless of where they live and whether or not they have reported the crime. Visit the victim support site or call our free 24/7 helpline on 08 08 16 89 111.

A spokesman for Thames Valley Police said: ‘We are working hard to tackle anti-social behaviour, serious and sexual offenses in Berkshire and the Thames Valley. We regularly conduct high-visibility patrols in these locations and will act quickly on any information provided to us by our community.

“We engage with the community at every opportunity, whether it’s a coffee morning for seniors, discussions at school, or an investigation into anti-social behavior following reports of a local issue. We listen to the concerns of the community, provide advice on crime prevention and try to find solutions by working with our partners.

“We also launched our first strategy to address violence against women and girls in March as this is a priority for the force. The strategy sets out our goals for dealing with perpetrators and working with partners to identify sexual and violent offenses as early as possible.

“It also demonstrates our commitment to listening to the experiences of women and girls and maintaining excellent victim care for those who find themselves in the criminal justice system. Funding has also been approved by Thames Valley Police and the Crime Commissioner for the Safer Streets scheme.

“This will mean improved and increased CCTV coverage and a dedicated central safe space where NHS representatives, street pastors and police will be available for vulnerable people to talk to.

“In Slough town center we are part of the Slough Town Center Against Crime and BID group which works with shopkeepers and focuses on repeat offenders – we have had positive results in prosecutions and interventions. In Chalvey, officers work closely with the Chalvey Community Partnership to resolve local issues with partners and residents.

“The team recently took part in the Chalvey Roc event where residents and organizations came together to see how they can work better to improve the area and build on the good work being done by the community partnership. In Reading, we introduced Operation Early Engagement which is a high-visibility deployment focused on addressing anti-social behavior before it escalates into a nighttime economy.

“We also run regular joint operations with the British Transport Police and have increased resources for the busy weekends forecast and run regular daytime operations to tackle violent crime, theft, anti-social behavior and drugs. Finally, we invite all victims of incivility, serious and sexual violence to call the police on 101 or to file a report on our website. If this is an emergency, please call the police on 999.

“Further advice and information is also available on our website: https://www.thamesvalley.police.uk/advice/advice-and-information/.”

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