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Total crime 78%
Violent crime 95%
Property crime 75%
Date & Last Updated: This data reflects the 2018 calendar year and was released from the FBI in September, 2019; this is the most current data available.
StatisticReportedincidents/100k peopleReading/100k peopleMassachusetts/100k peopleNational/100k people
Total crime149n/a (estimate)5671,6012,580
Murder0n/a0.02.05.0
Rape0n/a0.034.942.6
Robbery2n/a7.660.086.2
Assault3n/a11.4241.2246.8
Violent crime5n/a (estimate)19338381
Burglary24n/a91.3200.8376.0
Theft112n/a426.0966.81,594.6
Vehicle theft8n/a30.495.7228.9
Property crime144n/a (estimate)5481,2632,200

Key findings

  • Reading crime rates are 78% lower than the national average
  • Violent crimes in Reading are 95% lower than the national average
  • In Reading you have a 1 in 177 chance of becoming a victim of crime
  • Reading is safer than 91% of the cities in the United States
  • Year over year crime in Reading has decreased by 22%

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      Daily Crime In Reading (per 100,000 people)

      The number of daily crimes per 100,000 residents in Reading, Massachusetts is displayed in the graph above. As you can see, the daily crimes for Reading are 2.83 times less than the Massachusetts average and 4.55 times less than the national level. Daily violent crimes in Reading are 17.78 times less than than Massachusetts and 20.01 times less than the national mean. While daily property crimes in Reading are 2.31 times less than than Massachusetts and 4.02 times less than the national average.

      How Safe is Reading (higher is better)

      Compared to the other cities in Massachusetts and all other cities across the US, is Reading safe? From the gauges displayed above, you will notice that Reading is safer than 93% of other cities in the state of Massachusetts. In addition, Reading is safer than 91% of cities in the entire United States. To achieve these results, all Massachusetts and United States cities were analyzed to determine how many locations had a lower crime rate than Reading. By studying this data, it was possible to determine that Reading is above average in safety when compared with other United States cities.

      Chance of Being A Victim of Crime in Reading

      The chance of being a victim of violent crime in Reading is 1 in 5259
      The chance of being a victim of property crime in Reading is 1 in 183
      The chance of being a victim of crime in Reading is 1 in 177
      Are you curious to know the likelihood of suffering from a crime in Reading? If you reside in Reading, the likelihood that you will become a victim of a violent crime is 1 in 5259. Violent crimes include: murder, sexual assault, robbery, and physical assault. There is a 1 in 183 change that you will become a victim of a property crime. These sorts of crimes against personal property include: burglary, theft, and auto theft. In total, the likelihood of being victimized by a crime in Reading, is 1 in 177.

      Year Over Year Crime In Reading (per 100,000 people)

      The year over year change in crime per 100,000 people helps to understand whether crime in Reading, MA is on the rise or declining. The violent crime rate in Reading has decreased by 56%, while the property crime rate in Reading has decreased by 20% year over year. Summing up the numbers, Reading has decreased by 22% with regards to total crimes year over year.

      Reading police department

      ItemReadingMassachusettsNational
      Law enforcement employees (officers & civilians)5211,659558,732
      Police officers & civilians /1000 residents2.12.23.3
      There are a total of 52 Reading police officers. This results in 2.1 police officers per 1,000 residents which is 4.3% less than the Massachusetts average and 36.6% less than the National average.

      Sex offenders in Massachusetts

      StateTotal offendersMassachusetts /100KNational /100K
      Massachusetts4,55172266
      There are a total of 4,551 sex offenders in Massachusetts. This yields a total of 72 sex offenders in Massachusetts per 100,000 residents which is 73% less than the national average.

      Nearby Cities With Low Crime Rates

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Boxford, MA2,47224239263
      Topsfield, MA3,43591241332
      Lexington, MA32,93623332355
      Nahant, MA3,471171199370
      Arlington, MA44,40874416490
      Andover, MA9,19419476496
      Winchester, MA22,49126486512
      Reading, MA25,49019548567

      Cities with similar population

      City, StatePopulationViolent crime/100k peopleProperty crime/100k peopleTotal crime/100k people
      Burlington, IA25,4929283,9054,832
      Alvin, TX25,5002131,7431,955
      Madison, MS25,473709331,003
      Zanesville, OH25,4674733,7294,202
      Oakleaf Plantation, FL25,4473942,3362,731
      Reading, MA25,49019548567
      Source: The Reading, MA crime data displayed above is derived from the FBI's uniform crime reports for the year of 2018. The crime report encompasses more than 18,000 city and state law enforcement agencies reporting data on property and violent crimes. The uniform crime reports program represents approximately 309 million American residents, which results in 98% coverage of metropolitan statistical areas.