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 2018, there were 13 property crimes reported per 1,000 residents in Berks County. This was just below the state rate of 15. Since 2005, the county's property crime rate has declined 52%, a larger decrease than the state and nation, which dropped 34% and 36% respectively during the same period. Berks' property crime rate dropped most dramatically from 2012 to 2018, accounting for more than two-thirds of the decline since 2005. Reading City has seen an even bigger decline (62% since 2005) than Berks County as a whole, though it still had a high level of property crime with a rate of 22 property crimes reported per 1,000 residents.

Among surrounding counties in 2018, the property crime rate was higher than Berks in Lehigh, at 16. Rates in Montgomery were on par with Berks while all other counties were lower. The drop in Berks' property crime rate from 2005 to 2018 was larger than declines in any other county.

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
20052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
United States3434333230302929272625252422
Pennsylvania2323232422222222211918171715
Berks County2726242624222223191817161513
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city6054444843423741322929262422
Berks County Peers
Chester County151516161414141513121112109
Lancaster County2122212019192020191614141311
Lebanon County1918161717161719181615141311
Lehigh County3031283027262625252219201916
Montgomery County1921212119191919181716151513
Schuylkill County1313131615151516171614141311

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System




Number of Property Crimes
20052006200720082009201020112012201320142015201620172018
United States10,174,75410,019,6019,882,2129,774,1529,337,0609,112,6259,052,7439,001,9928,651,8928,209,0108,024,1157,928,5307,682,9887,196,045
Pennsylvania282,019286,805286,840297,042277,720276,004283,660278,079264,163248,537232,694223,469211,738191,865
Berks County10,83610,3339,54610,5849,8919,2149,1889,5987,7617,3837,0186,8246,1525,494
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city5,0934,6373,8184,2083,7883,6623,3013,6122,7962,5492,5512,2922,1061,984
Berks County Peers
Chester County6,9327,2937,9027,9017,0317,1387,2097,6906,7556,2005,7226,1905,1724,578
Lancaster County10,40310,80610,45710,38110,0029,65010,61610,3549,8998,4387,6407,4527,2326,137
Lebanon County2,4292,3472,0792,2632,1962,1362,2962,5492,4882,1562,0531,9601,7901,523
Lehigh County9,84810,4599,54310,1839,4449,0969,0358,9208,9937,8866,8627,1116,9575,939
Montgomery County15,09416,04816,59816,68415,08315,38815,08015,05814,85013,92113,23812,64812,30110,970
Schuylkill County1,8951,9361,9172,3132,2412,1552,2152,3262,4212,3471,9792,0021,8651,558

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System




INDICATORS TREND | BERKS COUNTY
Early Prenatal Care Increasing
Early Prenatal Care by Mother's Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Children Living in Poverty Increasing
Children Living in Poverty, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Parent Families Increasing
Single-Parent Families by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Disengaged Youth Decreasing
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Population by Age Not Applicable
Children with Elevated Blood Lead Levels Maintaining
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Households by type Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Seniors Living Alone Decreasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Decreasing
Change in Labor Force Decreasing
Employment to Population ratio Decreasing
Change in Jobs by Sector Not Applicable
Sector Share of Total Jobs Not Applicable
Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
Change in Average Salary by Sector Not Applicable
People Entering/Leaving County/Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Maintaining
Spending for Local Governments Maintaining
Spending for Counties Maintaining
Spending for School Districts Maintaining
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
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Education Levels of Adults Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Maintaining
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Enrollment in Local Colleges Decreasing
Median Household Income Maintaining
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
People Receiving Supplemental Security Income Increasing
Health Status Not Applicable
People Enrolled in Medicaid Managed Care Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Not Applicable
Adults Who are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Students in 7-12 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Cancer Incidence Decreasing
Students in K-6 Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Prevalence of Mental Illness Maintaining
Vacant Housing Units Increasing
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Cost of Homeownership Maintaining
Cost of Homeownership, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Cost of Rent Increasing
Cost of Rent, by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Increasing
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Maintaining
Tourism Spending Maintaining
Voter Registration Rate Decreasing
Voter Participation Rate Decreasing
Average Charitable Giving Maintaining
Contributions as a Percentage of Income Maintaining
Households With Internet Access Not Applicable
Arts, Entertainment and Recreation Establishments Maintaining
Toxic Chemical Releases Decreasing
Violent Crimes Maintaining
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Maintaining
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing