Counting the costs of crime in Australia : a 2005 update

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Australian Institute of Criminology research in 2003 examined the costs of crime
to the Australian community. This current report provides an update to the
previous work by estimating the costs of crime for 2005. While relying primarily
on data from the United Kingdom and United States, some Australian data provide
general estimates of crime-related costs. The total costs of crime cover
components of the criminal justice systems: police, courts, corrections, and
other criminal justice-related government agencies; and the costs of fraud. The
report covers a range of crimes against people and property, fraud, and
drug-related crimes. Estimates for each of these cover the general
characteristics of incidents, property loss, medical costs, lost output and
intangible costs. Notwithstanding the considerable difficulties in estimating
costs of crime, which are described in this report, the estimated costs of crime
for 2005 are $35.8b. The report highlights the need for improved availability of
Australian crime data. Emerging challenges for research that informs government
policy include cybercrimes - comprising fraud and identity theft - arson and
bushfires, theft from motor vehicles, shop theft, estimates of intangible losses
and lost output, estimates of lost business productivity due to criminal
activity and national injury estimates.

  • Media release: Latest costs of crime data released by the Australian Institute of Criminology
  • Previous report: Counting the costs of crime in Australia
  • Previous report: Counting the costs of crime in Australia : technical report
  • Topic: Costs of crime