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Crime: Business

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 28 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate her Department has made of the cost to UK businesses of (a) shoplifting, (b) fraud, (c) forgery, (d) e-crime, (e) theft from vehicles, (f) theft of vehicles, (g) theft of plant, (h) graffiti and vandalism and (i) other crime in each year since 1997. (247127)

There are currently no year-on-year estimates of the costs of crime to business. I refer the hon. Member to the answer I gave on 13 January 2009, Official Report column 700W, Crime: Business that provided links to the most recent published estimates.

However the Home Office also published some estimates of the costs of crime against retail and manufacturing premises for 1994 as well as for 2002-03 in:

http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs2/hors146.pdf.

The results from both surveys are broadly comparable and an overview is provided in section 4 of the second report. However it is not possible to identify the year on year trends in between these two surveys. No estimate of the cost of crime to businesses has been published since the 2002-03 report.