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What Society pays for Crime against Shops
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What Society pays for Crime against Shops (2005)

New research by the Centre for Retail Research (based solely on national figures from the Home Office, Office of National Statistics, Scottish Office and the British Retail Consortium) show that the costs suffered by society as a result of retail crime are as large again as the crime-related losses of retailers.

The total cost to society of shop thieves is a massive £3.442 billion (equivalent to £115.91 for every UK taxpayer).

These costs represent a considerable waste of national resources and could entirely fund a combination of 11,700 more beat constables, 9230 nurses, 5500 more classroom teachers, and 64 million new books in school libraries.

The figures have been calculated using social cost/benefit analysis techniques by Professor Joshua Bamfield, Director of the Centre for Retail Research, and funded by Checkpoint Systems UK.

The Social Costs of Retail Crime: Major Headings

This annual burden of £3.442 billion of public – or social – costs of retail crime represents an average of £115.91 for every UK taxpayer - or £58.14 per head of the population each year.

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