FOR RELEASE TUESDAY OCTOBER 11, 2005 AT 12:01AM Further Information: Todd Post, 202-261-4138, email@example.com
Cost of Crime Estimated at $428B a Year: New Report Shows Effective Crime Prevention Saves Money Washington, DC (October 11, 2005): Crime takes a staggering financial toll on communities across the country, according to a new report, Preventing Crime Saves Money, released by the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC). Despite record low levels of crime, the report estimates the annual cost of personal and property crime is $428 billion a year. That is $1.2 billion per day, far more than the current estimated costs of recovery from Hurricane Katrina. The report finds that victims of crime (or their survivors) pay $44 billion as a consequence of murder, rape, robbery, assault, abuse and neglect. In another example, insurers pay $45 billion in crime-related costs to their policyholders and employers lose $5 billion because of violent crime. While low crime rates bring the temptation to cut funding for prevention, the economic and human costs show that there is still a strong case for prevention dollars. As state and local governments review their budgets and priorities for the coming year, it’s important that they remember the high cost of crime and that investment in crime prevention is a proven, cost-effective alternative. The release of the report reminds us that this month promotes a cause with a difference. October is Crime Prevention Month, offering the opportunity to focus on reducing the number of victims of crime, which last year totaled over 24 million Americans. During Crime Prevention Month, NCPC highlights how crime prevention works and how it can help us reduce the cost of crime. Through smart policies, effective programs, community involvement, and public awareness of how crimes happen, everyone can do something to help reduce crime, whether by funding crime prevention programs through local law enforcement, starting a Neighborhood Watch, or just taking a few common-sense steps to protect homes and property. For 25 years, McGruff the Crime Dog has been teaching citizens, communities, and businesses that they have a role in crime prevention. Thanks to McGruff and the groundbreaking research, toolkits, training, and assistance of the NCPC, many communities across the nation have become safer and better places to live. For an executive summary or the complete report, please contact Todd Post, 202-261-4138 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.ncpc.org to learn how crime prevention can help your community. ### About the National Crime Prevention Council The National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC) is a private, nonprofit organization whose primary mission is to enable people to create safer and more caring communities by addressing the causes of crime and violence and reducing the opportunities for crime to occur. NCPC manages public service advertising under the National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign—symbolized by McGruff the Crime Dog ® and his “Take A Bite Out Of Crime®” slogan—and acts as secretariat for the Crime Prevention Coalition of America, a nonpartisan group of more than 360 national, federal, state, and local organizations committed to preventing crime. NCPC is funded through a variety of government agencies, corporate and private foundations, and donations from private individuals. NCPC also participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (#8040 on the pledge card). For more information on crime prevention issues, visit www.ncpc.org; for information on the National Citizens’ Crime Prevention Campaign, visit www.weprevent.org.
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