Michael Hinkelman reports at philly.com:
THE ANNUAL COST of violent crime in Philadelphia averages more than $472 per person, or a total of $736 million in 2010 alone. That's just one eye-popping conclusion of a new study examining costs associated with violent crime.Interestingly, the study is sponsored by the Center for American Progress, a left-wing outfit. I'll have to look at in more detail.* * *In the case of Philadelphia, the costs are staggering. The report's authors concluded that the direct, annual costs of violent crime in Philadelphia in 2010 came to $736 million. When intangible costs associated with violent crime are factored in -- such as the pain and suffering of surviving victims -- the tab for violent crime here topped out at $3.7 billion a year.