Reading Borough Council (RBC) is undertaking a community safety survey. These surveys take place every two years. If you participated in the 2017 survey you will recognise that this year’s is very similar. The opinions of Reading residents on issues in their area may not translate directly into the priorities set for Reading because other opinions and crime statistics are also taken into account.

RBC say:

Feedback from this survey will be looked at in conjunction with the Community Safety Partnership (CSP) priorities for Reading and locally reported crime across the Borough alongside the British Crime Survey and priorities identified by Thames Valley Police. Priorities will then be set accordingly.

The survey asks respondents to select three priorities, in order of importance, from a list of 31 ranging from abandoned vehicles to violence, including begging, drug dealing and litter. This is the only mandatory question in the survey, although RBC also want to know where you live and so you must enter your postcode.

Other questions allow you to go into more details about how high you feel the level of crime is, if you feel safe, and whether you have been a victim of crime.

There is a section of general questions about how you find out about crime and local community activities in your area as well as questions about you.

Completing the survey

The questionnaire can only be completed online.

If you do not have access to a computer or the internet, then RBC say that you should attend a get online session at one of Reading’s libraries or community hubs.

You can get online at Reading Central Library on:

  • Saturdays 19 & 26 October 10am -12pm, 2 & 9 November 10am – 12pm,
  • Tuesdays 22 &29 October 2pm – 4pm, 5 & 12 November 2pm – 4pm,
  • Thursdays 24 & 31 October 2pm – 4pm, 7 & 14 November 2pm – 4pm.

In south Reading, the sessions run at the Whitley Wood Tuesday Hub on:

Tuesday 29 October 10.00am – 11.30am

… and at the Whitley Community Café on:

Monday 4 November 10.30am – 12pm

The survey closes on 15 November 2019.

Residents’ priorities from the 2017 survey

‘Rubbish and litter’ was the most common number one concern, in 10 out of 16 wards. The second most common number one concern was ‘drug use and dealing’ in Abbey and Battle wards (the town centre) and Minster ward. Redlands ward was the only ward where public drunkenness and rowdiness were the top concerns.

In this table, the number indicates the priority for that ward.

hanging around
and litter
and grafitti
Drug use
or dealing
Public drunkenness
and rowdiness

‘Loud parties / noisy neighbours’ and ‘abandoned or burnt out cars’ were also categories that the panel could have chosen, but neither came in the top three problems for any ward.

In 2018, RBC neighbourhood initiatives manager Chris Bloomfield said:

We never expect large numbers [of residents] to respond and therefore cannot ever expect a true representation of the Borough. Feedback from the surveys is purely a sampling to support what we may already know about reported crime and perceived crime and to provide a platform for local residents to get involved in areas that concern them, giving a voice to those who wish to be heard.

  1. Community Safety Survey 2019
  2. Make your voice heard with the Reading Community Safety Survey
  3. RBC Neighbourhood Initiatives team – Facebook
  4. GO Reading – get online sessions
  5. Community safety survey suggests 23% of Reading believes the town is a high crime area