Violent crime has gone down during stay-at-home orders in more than a dozen cities, a survey of 30 U.S. police departments finds.
The study, conducted by the Police Executive Research Forum (PERF), surveyed agencies serving a mix of large and midsize cities during a 28-day period between mid-March and April.
In 18 of the 30 cities surveyed, violent crime was down slightly when compared to the same 28-day period last year, PERF found. Syracuse, New York, saw the largest drop among the cities surveyed.
Robberies declined across a majority of the departments, as did property crime, calls for service and arrests for serious crimes. Boston saw the largest drop in those arrests, down 66% from the previous year.
In more than half of the departments surveyed, burglaries also declined.