Reading Festival crime down by 20 per cent in 2016

Drug offences and rape rose from last year, however

Police have reported that crime at Reading Festival decreased by 20 per cent this year compared to the previous year’s event.

Compared to figures from 2015 of 147 reported crimes, this year the festival had a total of 117 incidents reported over the course of the festival’s duration from August 24 to 28. Of those, there were 65 thefts from tents and theft in general amounted to the majority of the crimes reported.

However, both drug offences and rape were up from last year, with two incidents of rape being reported when none had been the previous year.


The Telegraph previously reported that Reading was second in the list of major festivals where the most crime was committed, Glastonbury as having the first most and V Festival the third.

90,000 people attended Reading Festival this year, with Foals, Disclosure, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Biffy Clyro and Fall Out Boy headlining.

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