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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 2017, there were 15 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 46%, a larger decrease than the state and nation, which dropped 27% and 31% respectively during the same period. Berks' property crime rate dropped most dramatically from 2012 to 2017, accounting for more than two-thirds of the decline since 2005. Reading City has seen an even bigger decline (60% since 2005) than Berks County as a whole, though it still had a high level of property crime with a rate of 24 property crimes reported per 1,000 residents.

Among surrounding counties in 2017, the property crime rate was higher than Berks in Lehigh, at 19. Rates in Montgomery were on par with Berks while all other counties were lower. The drop in Berks' property crime rate from 2005 to 2017 was larger than declines in any other county. Schuylkill's rate increased 1% 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
2005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania23232324222222222119181717
Berks County27262426242222231918171615
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city60544448434237413229292624
Berks County Peers
Chester County15151616141414151312111210
Lancaster County21222120191920201916141413
Lebanon County19181617171617191816151413
Lehigh County30312830272626252522192019
Montgomery County19212121191919191817161515
Schuylkill County13131316151515161716141413

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System




Number of Property Crimes
2005200620072008200920102011201220132014201520162017
Pennsylvania282,019286,805286,840297,042277,720276,004283,660278,079264,163248,537232,694223,469211,738
Berks County10,83610,3339,54610,5849,8919,2149,1889,5987,7617,3837,0186,8246,152
Berks County Regions
Central
Northeast
South
Southeast
West
Reading city5,0934,6373,8184,2083,7883,6623,3013,6122,7962,5492,5512,2922,106
Berks County Peers
Chester County6,9327,2937,9027,9017,0317,1387,2097,6906,7556,2005,7226,1905,172
Lancaster County10,40310,80610,45710,38110,0029,65010,61610,3549,8998,4387,6407,4527,232
Lebanon County2,4292,3472,0792,2632,1962,1362,2962,5492,4882,1562,0531,9601,790
Lehigh County9,84810,4599,54310,1839,4449,0969,0358,9208,9937,8866,8627,1116,957
Montgomery County15,09416,04816,59816,68415,08315,38815,08015,05814,85013,92113,23812,64812,301
Schuylkill County1,8951,9361,9172,3132,2412,1552,2152,3262,4212,3471,9792,0021,865

Source: Pennsylvania Uniform Crime Reporting System




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