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Drugs: Crime

Home Department written question – answered on 24th January 2011.

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Photo of Bob Ainsworth Bob Ainsworth Labour, Coventry North East

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what estimate she has made of the proportion of acquisitive crime attributable to (a) heroin addicts, (b) crack cocaine addicts, (c) cocaine addicts and (d) cannabis users in the latest period for which figures are available.

Photo of James Brokenshire James Brokenshire Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Home Office)

holding answer 21 January 2011

The Home Office has not produced estimates of the proportion of acquisitive crime attributable to individual drug types.

The most recent Home Office estimate of the proportion of acquisitive crime which was related to the use of Class A drugs was published in 2005. This estimated that between one-third and a half of all acquisitive crime was related to use of Class A drugs.

Reference

Macdonald, Z. et al (2005) 'Measuring the harm from illegal drugs using the Drug Harm Index' Home Office Online Report 24/05:

http://rds.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs05/rdsolr2405.pdf

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