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Estimates of the costs of crime in Australia

Trends & issues in crime and criminal justice no. 39

John Walker
ISBN 0 642 18287 6 ISSN 0817-8542
Canberra: Australian Institute of Criminology, August 1992

Abstract

Because of the limited availability of government resources it is imperative to know the size and nature of the problem facing the criminal justice system. Walker discusses the difficulties in defining and measuring the cost of crime, before outlining estimates of the costs of particular offences, the costs of different parts of the criminal justice system, and other costs associated with crime such as the insurance industry, crime prevention and target hardening. The total estimate lies between $11 billion and $27 billion per annum.