16 April 2020
Provisional data from police forces in England and Wales shows a reduction in crime during Coronavirus outbreak and that the vast majority of the public are following government regulations enacted in response to the crisis.
Police forces have seen crime reduce by 28 per cent in the four weeks to April 12 compared to the same period last year.
The provisional data also shows serious assaults and personal robbery have fallen by 27 per cent and rape 37 per cent. Falls have also been seen in residential burglary (down 37 per cent), vehicle crime (down 34 per cent) and shoplifting (down 54 per cent).
Calls to 999 are down by 14 per cent and we have seen a 13 per cent drop in 101 calls. Many more people are reporting online – a 61 per cent increase.