CRIME is costing every person in West Yorkshire the equivalent of £325 a year.
And nationwide the toll has now reached £15bn.
The figures have been compiled by pressure group The Taxpayers’ Alliance from last year’s recorded data detailing the cost of recorded crime per person in each of the police force areas.
Report authors Matthew Sinclair, the organisation’s policy analyst, and its research director, Corin Taylor, said: “Despite significant increases in spending on public order and safety in recent
years, crime figures – particularly for violent offences – remain unacceptably high.
“The report uses crime data from each police force – gathered using the Freedom of Information Act – and compares the number of different crimes in each police force area in England and Wales with the Home Office estimates of the cost of each type of crime.
“Dividing the total cost of recorded crimes with the population of each police force area allows us to calculate the cost of crime per person, which can then be compared with other police force areas.’’
The cost includes the investigation, court costs and the social and economic costs of crime such as the amount paid out by insurers.
The key findings are:
Recorded crime in England, Wales and Northern Ireland cost nearly £15bn last year, equivalent to nearly £275 for every person.
Violence against the person, including murder and serious assault, was responsible for the highest economic and social costs at around £155 per person.
Residents of Nottinghamshire suffered from the highest cost of crime, at £390 per person. They were closely followed by London at £388 per person. Humberside had the third highest cost at £380.
West Yorkshire was 10th highest in the league table of 43 forces.
Many, predominantly rural, areas saw a far lower cost of crime. Crime cost £130 per resident in North Yorkshire – the lowest overall – £186 per resident in Dyfed Powys, Wales, and £194 per resident in Surrey.