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 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 Maintaining
Live Births to Teen Mothers Decreasing
Change in Population by Age and Gender Not Applicable
Change in Total Population by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Population by Age and Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Foreign-Born Population Increasing
Language Diversity Increasing
Unemployment Rate Increasing
Change in Labor Force Increasing
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 Region for Work Not Applicable
Public Assistance Increasing
Local Government Spending Increasing
County Government Spending Decreasing
School District Spending Increasing
Quality Early Childhood Centers Increasing
Prekindergarten Participation Increasing
Students Eligible for Free/Reduced Price Lunch Increasing
English Language Learners Increasing
Students Receiving Special Education Services Increasing
Per Student Spending Increasing
Student Performance on Grade 3 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 3 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 English Not Applicable
Student Performance on Grade 8 Math Not Applicable
Student Performance on High School Reading Increasing
Student Performance on High School Math Increasing
High School Cohort Graduation Rate Increasing
Plans of High School Graduates Not Applicable
Education Levels of Adults by Race/Ethnicity Not Applicable
Brain Drain/Gain Increasing
Median Household Income Decreasing
Median Household Income by Household Type Not Applicable
Living Wage by Household Type Not Applicable
People Living in Poverty Increasing
Working Poor Maintaining
People Receiving Federal Food Assistance Increasing
Health Status Decreasing
Managed Medicaid Enrollment Increasing
People Without Health Insurance Decreasing
Physically Inactive Adults Maintaining
Adults Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Children Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Youth Who Are Overweight or Obese Not Applicable
Vacant Housing Units Not Applicable
Homeownership Rates Decreasing
Housing Affordability for Homeowners Decreasing
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 Not Applicable
Single-Family Home Sales Maintaining
Median Single-Family Home Sale Price Increasing
Tourism Spending Decreasing
Voter Registration Rate Increasing
Voter Participation Rate Increasing
Average Charitable Giving Increasing
Charitable Contributions as a Percentage of Income Increasing
Households With Internet Access Increasing
Dams Not Applicable
Violent Crimes Decreasing
Property Crimes Decreasing
Incarceration Rates Decreasing
Drug Abuse Offenses Increasing
Drug Abuse Arrests Increasing
Protection from Domestic Abuse Maintaining
Means of Transportation to Work Not Applicable
Average Travel Time to Work Increasing
Households Without Vehicles Decreasing
Crashes Involving Alcohol Decreasing