COVID-19 lockdown policies linked to reduction in urban crime

4 June 2021

Stay-at-home restrictions implemented around the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic have been associated with an average 37 per cent reduction in crime across the globe, an international study has found.

University of Queensland researchers analysed daily cases of crime in 27 cities in 23 countries across the Americas, Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

UQ criminologist Dr Renee Zahnow said the introduction of lockdowns by governments globally in response to the COVID-19 pandemic had profound impacts, but it was unclear how these policies affected urban crime.

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