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Covid: What's happened to crime during the pandemic?
« on: March 29, 2021, 04:16:19 AM »

Covid: What's happened to crime during the pandemic?

The UK's year of slotxo lockdowns has had a profound effect on crime and criminal justice.

From the first coronavirus fines for everyday activity, to sudden fluctuations in offences because of the impact of
restrictions on our lives, these changes to community safety will have a lasting impact for years to come.

Drops in crime
Levels and types of crime are always changing - but in general terms the trend has been downwards since
the mid-1990s.

The most reliable and in-depth measure is the Crime Survey for England and Wales - but that face-to-face survey has
had a challenging year because it had to move to telephone calls.

So, taking that into account, the best we can say for sure is that total crime reported to the police - the second
way we count what's going on - has fluctuated quite considerably.

In the year to September 2020, police-recorded crime had the biggest annual decrease since 2010 - albeit with
the some variations by specific offence.

Robbery and theft dropped dramatically during 2020 for the simple reason that there were fewer people out and
about. If everyone is at home all the time, it's rather difficult to burgle a house.

Spike in drug crime
Some very serious offences have gone up - such as recorded drug crime.

Why - is everyone turning to narcotics to deal with the stress?

The rise has been driven by the pandemic restrictions providing police with a once-in-a-generation opportunity to
target dealers.

In London for instance, the Metropolitan Police began running more proactive drugs operations because dealers and
suppliers were easier to find as they struggled to move freely during lockdown.

The police in the capital also backed up those operations with the largest surge in stop-and-search powers since
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