Police: Violent Crime Down in Big Cities Amid Coronavirus Lockdown

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As the coronavirus continues to sweep the country, police report that violent crime has gone down in major cities throughout the U.S.

A survey of 30 U.S. police departments reported that violent crime has gone down due to stay-at-home orders in several big cities, reported ABC News.

The Police Executive Research Forum, otherwise known as PERF, conducted the study where the organization asked agencies serving big and midsized cities for 28 days between March and April.

PERF found that in 18 of the 30 cities surveyed, crime was down slightly compared to last year’s data. The city that saw the most significant drop in violent crimes was Syracuse, New York.

The majority of the departments saw a decline in robberies, arrests for serious crimes, and property crime. The city of Boston was the area that saw the most significant drop.

Burglary crimes declined in more than half of the departments surveyed.

Johns Hopkins University created data surrounding the spread of the coronavirus, which was then turned into an interactive map. The map shows the spread of the virus since late January, and how time has affected the global outbreak.

As of May 12, 4,261,747 people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19. In the United States, there have been 1,369,574 confirmed cases and 82,376 deaths due to the virus.

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