Research and analysis

The economic and social costs of crime second edition

This report uses existing crime and cost data to update previous analysis by the Home Office to estimate the economic and social costs of different offences.


The economic and social costs of crime second edition

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The economic and social costs of crime estimates are important in helping to develop an understanding of the wider costs and benefits associated with changes in the number of crimes.

The report estimates the total costs of crime in England and Wales in 2015/16 to be approximately £50bn for crimes against individuals and £9bn for crimes against businesses. Violent crimes make up the largest proportion of the total costs of individual crime – almost three quarters – but only one third of the number of crimes.

Published 23 July 2018
Last updated 6 August 2018 + show all updates
  1. The second edition of the report clarifies the coverage of the victim services section of the report. The total and unit costs remain the same.

  2. First published.