Costs of Burglary
For burglaries with loss, the average mean gross value of property stolen was £1,273.
This average though masks considerable variation. In 27% of burglaries with loss less
than £100 worth of property was stolen, while in 32% the loss amounted to a £1,000
61% of burglaries involved damage to property. This was higher for attempts (73%)
than when entry was gained (52%). Soiling and graffiti were rare, occurring in only
1% of all burglaries.
The gross cost of damage averaged £138 for all burglaries. Almost two-thirds involved
no damage or damage costing less than £50, but in a tenth the cost of damage amounted
to at least £500. Average costs were higher for burglaries with entry (£164) than
These costs may well be underestimates; they exclude indirect costs such as loss
of earnings due to stolen property
Other costs fall on:
Insurers and policy holders
Criminal Justice System
Other householders taking extra security precautions
Taxpayers (through lost revenue to the Exchequer)?
In 49% of burglaries where property was stolen or damaged the household was insured
2 , though victims did not always make a claim. In only 53% of burglaries in which
the victim was insured was a claim actually made (26% of all burglaries). One implication
of these results is that insurance figures are only a partial guide to trends in burglary,
since they may reflect changes over time in insurance coverage and claiming behavior.
In total, the BCS estimates that £680 million worth of property was stolen in burglaries
in 1999 with the cost of damage amounting to £180 million.
The most up to date estimate of the average cost of domestic
burglary has been calculated as £2300.details in table 4.2 'The economic and
social costs of crime' Home Office Research Study 217, www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs/hors217.pdf