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£275 is the cost of crime

PUBLISHED: 16:01 09 July 2008 | UPDATED: 14:57 25 August 2010

CRIMINALS are costing taxpayers hundreds of pounds every year, according to new statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act.

CRIMINALS are costing taxpayers hundreds of pounds every year, according to new statistics released under the Freedom of Information Act.

Figures requested by The Taxpayers Alliance show that every Londoner is paying out for crime every year.

Greenwich residents shell out a whopping £475 each year per person - £75 more then the London average - even though violent crime has dropped in the borough by nine per cent.

Safer Neighbourhoods and Partnership Inspector, Jas Sandhu said, "We are working together with Greenwich council and other partners to ensure that we offer a good service to our community. PCSOs in Greenwich are at the heart of local policing: they provide visible police presence on the streets of Greenwich, giving the public access to our services. Their introduction has had a positive impact on the way we police the borough and their role is considered an indispensable asset to the police family."

The figures, released by the Home Office, show that residents in 2006 to 2007 Bromley each paid £315 in crime costs with Bexley only spending £254 per person.

London taxpayers spend £400 each on crime every year, with an astonishing £269 spent on violent crimes alone.

Although Bromley fell below average across the 32 London boroughs, residents still forked out three months worth of their council tax (Band D-£105) towards paying for crime.

Bromley residents paid £17 each on criminal damage, £3 more then the country average.

But a spokesman for Bromley police spokesperson said: "There are very low levels of crime in Bromley and they have fallen significantly in the last couple of years."

The Taxpayers Alliance, an independent pressure group, found that crime in the UK cost nearly £15 billion last year, the equivalent to £275 for every person.

Policy analyst for The Taxpayers Alliance Matthew Sinclair said: "Every one of us pays a steep price for high crime rates, particularly those living in urban areas. Whether we have been victims of crime, are afraid to go out at night or are just paying ever more to protect and insure ourselves and our property, crime has significant costs for us all.

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