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Crime Costs

Volume 410: debated on Friday 19 September 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what the estimated cost of crime, in money terms, in each of the last six years was. [130487]

The Home Office made estimates of the economic and social cost of crime in England and Wales in 1999–2000. Estimates were published in Home Office Research Study 217 (HORS 217), "The economic and social costs of crime". This study estimated that, in England and Wales in 1999–2000, the cost of crimes against individuals was £32.2 billion, against businesses and public sector was £9.1 billion, of fraud and forgery was £13.8 billion, and of traffic and other non-notifiable offences was £4.8 billion. Figures for other years are not currently available.