CRIME: It Costs

FBI Chief J. Edgar Hoover, in testimony before the House Appropriations Committee made public this week, estimated that in 1953 a serious crime was committed in the U.S. every 14.9 seconds, a new alltime high. Average annual cost of crime for each U.S. family (including prevention, property loss, detection and punishment): $495. Hoover estimated the nation's total crime bill at $20 billion a year, ten times the total given each year to all U.S. churches.

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