Crime in California during the COVID-19 Pandemic   [open pdf - 0B]

From the Introduction: "As the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic struck the US in early 2020 and led to social dislocations, financial and health stresses, and alterations in our daily routines, crime rates in California and across the country also changed, sometimes in unpredictable ways. Throughout the nation, there have been widely cited media reports [hyperlink] of increases in homicide rates [hyperlink], aggravated assaults, and gun-related violence [hyperlink]. Additionally, there have been reports [hyperlink] of sizable increases in auto theft across the country. At the same time, many law enforcement agencies reported declines in the types of offenses that tend to increase with the volume of social interactions, such as robbery and larceny theft. In this brief, we use Uniform Crime Reporting (UCR) data published by the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), California Department of Justice (DOJ) data, and US Census data to assess the degree to which crime in 2020 changed relative to crime in 2019 in California. We also compare crime trends in California to trends in other states. This policy brief expands on testimony [hyperlink] provided to the California Committee on the Revision of the Penal Code, and includes 437 municipalities, whereas the testimony only included municipalities with over 100,000 people."

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