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NCJ Number: 134924 Find in a Library
Title: Cost of Crime in France: Facts From 1984, 1985, 1986, and 1987.
Author(s): T Godefroy; B Laffargue
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 116
Publication Number: ISBN 2-907370-14-6
Sale Source: les Institutions Penales
Centre de Recherches
Sociologiques Sur le Droit et
4, rue de mondovi
Paris 75001,
Type: Survey
Language: French
Country: France
Annotation: This study analyzes the financial expenditures and losses due to crime in France over a 4-year period.
Abstract: While other cost of crime studies attempt to make penal resources more cost effective, this approach uses monetary figures as a way of measuring crime. However, unlike other crime indicators such as police statistics and victimization studies, this approach emphasizes less spectacular and less prosecuted crimes which cost society large sums of money. An analysis of the public and private cost of crime control shows that the money spent on private security (such as security systems in stores, private police, and insurance costs) has increased considerably and now accounts for more than half of crime control expenditures. The analysis of the estimated financial losses due to crimes indicates that offenses resulting from carelessness, especially traffic accidents, pose a significant problem. However, the most costly offenses remain business crimes, including tax fraud while border offenses become less important in a United Europe. The text includes detailed statistical charts and a bibliography.
Main Term(s): Crime costs
Index Term(s): Business crime costs; Crime in foreign countries; Crime measurement; France; Police expenditures
Note: Etudes et Donnees Penales, No 59 (Penal Studies and Data, Number 59)
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