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Violent crime down in many big cities amid coronavirus lockdown, police say

Posted at 5:29 AM, May 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-13 08:29:46-04

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.