South Bucks folks likely to do a runner
One in every 177 residents in the area dodged paying their bill
Get Bucks has crunched the numbers and found people in South Bucks are the worst in the country for running out on a bill.
Government figures have revealed there were 390 cases of people mak- ing off without payment for the 12 months up to September.
That works out at one in every 177 people, a figure that tops the table and dwarfs Hertsmere in Hertfordshire, which came second with one crime for every 247 people.
The offence can include leaving a restaurant or hotel without paying, running away from a taxi fare or filling a car up with petrol and driving off.
The figures are from the latest Home Office re- corded crime and outcomes data for the year from October 2015 to September.
South Bucks’ figures are slightly up on the 364 instances recorded in the previous 12 months.
The district recorded the highest rate in England and Wales – nearly five times the national average.
Across the two countries there were more than 69,000 cases of people making off without payment – one instance for every 838 people.
Elsewhere in Bucks, people in Wycombe were the second most likely to dodge the bill, with an analysis of the figures revealing one in every 422 people did a runner. Meanwhile, folk in Aylesbury Vale seem to be much better at footing the bill, with people only avoiding paying 161 times – once for every 1,172 residents.
The data also reveal that Chiltern only recorded one offence of “making off without payment” for every 995 of its residents. Nowhere in England and Wales was entirely free of people doing a runner, but people in North Kesteven, in Lincolnshire, seem to be very good at paying up.
There were just 20 cases of people avoiding paying – one for every 5,594 residents.