South Bucks folks likely to do a run­ner

One in every 177 res­i­dents in the area dodged pay­ing their bill

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.

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