Public Safety
Property Crime Rate


Property Crime Rate

What does this measure?

The number of property crimes, per 1,000 residents. These crimes include arson, burglary, theft, fraud, embezzlement, and destruction/vandalism.

Why is this important?

Crime affects quality of life for those who directly experience and witness it, sometimes resulting in long-lasting trauma. Indirectly, it also affects the lives of others in the community, as well housing stability and a community's perceived attractiveness as a place to live, work and do business.

How is our county performing?

In 2016, there were 16 property crimes reported per 1,000 residents in Berks County. This was just below the state rate of 17. Since 2005, the county's property crime rate has declined 40%, a larger decrease than the state and nation, which dropped 23% and 29% respectively during the same period. Berks' property crime rate dropped most dramatically from 2012 to 2016, accounting for more than two-thirds of the decline since 2005. Reading City has seen an even bigger decline (56% since 2005) than Berks County as a whole, though it still had a high level of property crime with a rate of 26 property crimes reported per 1,000 residents.

Among surrounding counties in 2016, the property crime rate was higher than Berks in Lehigh, at 20. Rates were lower than in Berks in all other counties, ranging from 12 in Chester to 15 in Montgomery. The drop in Berks' property crime rate from 2005 to 2016 was higher than Lehigh and Lancaster, and larger than declines in any other county. Schuylkill's rate increased 8% during this period.

Notes about the data

Crime reports are never complete because not all crimes are reported, and some crimes in particular, such as rape and assault, are believed to be underreported. Data are from the FBI's Uniform Crime Report. It should be noted that this indicator represents crime penetration. Because areas vary in population, counts of criminal incidents do not accurately measure impact. By presenting crimes per 1,000 residents, it is possible to compare rural and urban areas of the state.

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Property Crime Rate
200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
United States343433323030292927262525
Pennsylvania232323242222222221191817
Berks County272624262422222319181716
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city605444484342374132292926
Berks County Peers
Chester County151516161414141513121112
Lancaster County212221201919202019161414
Lebanon County191816171716171918161514
Lehigh County303128302726262525221920
Montgomery County192121211919191918171615
Schuylkill County131313161515151616161414

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System




Number of Property Crimes
200520062007200820092010201120122013201420152016
United States10,174,75410,019,6019,882,2129,774,1529,337,0609,112,6259,052,7439,001,9928,651,8928,209,0108,024,1157,919,035
Pennsylvania282,019286,805286,840297,042277,720276,004283,660278,079264,163248,537232,694223,469
Berks County10,83610,3339,54610,5849,8919,2149,1889,5987,7617,3837,0186,824
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city5,0934,6373,8184,2083,7883,6623,3013,6122,7962,5492,5512,292
Berks County Peers
Chester County6,9327,2937,9027,9017,0317,1387,2097,6906,7556,2005,7226,190
Lancaster County10,40310,80610,45710,38110,0029,65010,61610,3549,8998,4387,6407,452
Lebanon County2,4292,3472,0792,2632,1962,1362,2962,5492,4882,1562,0531,960
Lehigh County9,84810,4599,54310,1839,4449,0969,0358,9208,9937,8866,8627,111
Montgomery County15,09416,04816,59816,68415,08315,38815,08015,05814,85013,92113,23812,648
Schuylkill County1,8951,9361,9172,3132,2412,1552,2152,3262,4212,3471,9792,002

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Disengaged Youth Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Maintaining
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Increasing
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Decreasing
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Maintaining
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Maintaining
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary Since 2000 Increasing
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Increasing
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
Quality Early Childhood Centers Not Applicable
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Maintaining
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 English Decreasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 English Increasing
Historically Underperforming Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Decreasing
Student Performance on High School English Decreasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Maintaining
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Increasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Maintaining
Living Wage Maintaining
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Increasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Increasing
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Maintaining
Housing Affordability for Homeowners by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Housing Affordability for Renters Increasing
Housing Affordability for Renters, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Age of Housing Stock Decreasing
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Maintaining
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing