At last – after many months of difficult development, the Economic Policy Centre , the think tank which I am proud to be Chief Executive of, is launching today a new ground-breaking platform – www.ukcrimestats.com
UKCrimeStats is the UK’s only crime ranking platform for neighbourhoods, Police Forces and Streets with maps, analysis and reports – starting with this one here – Decoding the Crime Data Dec 10 to Feb 11.
I don’t know why crime isn’t researched by economists more – it’s so expensive. The last Home Office report in 2000 priced it at £60 billion a year and it’s a safe bet that it’s gone up since then. At the very least, government should start measuring that cost. How can you start to deal with a problem without knowing the true cost of it?