Research Brief: Effect of the COVID-19 Pandemic and Related Restrictions on Homicide and Property Crime [open pdf - 0B]
From the Introduction: "Over the course of just a few weeks during the first few months of 2020, the COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] pandemic radically changed the nature of social interaction and economic activity in all regions across the world. By the first week of April 2020, 3.9 billion people - more than half the global population - were under some form of lockdown. In the months that followed, countries enforced a broad spectrum of restrictions, adjusting and readjusting their response in accordance with the course of the pandemic. These ongoing changes are affecting all aspects of life, with crime being no exception. This research brief is aimed at providing initial observations about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on four types of crime: homicide, robbery, theft and burglary. Based on ongoing data collection launched by UNODC [United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime] in March 2020, trends before and after lockdown measures were introduced are compared in order to assess whether the measures have had a significant impact on those crimes. The possible longer-term impact of the emerging global economic crisis on the same forms of crime is also discussed."
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime: https://www.unodc.org/