UK’s general crime rate drops during coronavirus lockdown

Laws put in place as precaution to the coronavirus outbreak have proven effective in minimising crime within the UK.  

Just over six weeks ago the UK government enforced the lockdown, adding restriction laws; where people may not leave their homes or partake in gatherings.

UK citizens have generally failed to abide by these laws. As stated by the guardian, more than 3,203 fines have been issued at this point in time.

One-third of fines were issued were to those aged 18-24, with another third to those aged 25-34.

Nevertheless, majority of the country have remained at home. This has resulted in a steady drop of the UK’s overall crime rate and more importantly, coronavirus cases.

There have been many claims that Knife crime has surged within recent years and become more and more common. Lockdown has almost brought this to a complete halt.

Police report a massive drop in burglary, rape and assault. However, there have has been a 3% rise in domestic violence and a surge with fraud crimes.

Many online banks recommend customers to be mindful whilst using their emails and the distribution of their personal information. Many have been tricked through fake emails about TV license cancellation.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”>Thanks to all Londoners for staying home these last six weeks.<br><br>You are all heroes, but we need you to keep it up.<br><br>Please stay home continue to protect the NHS and save lives. <a href=”;ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw”>#LondonTogether</a><br><br>Show your support by sharing this video. Thank you. 💙 <a href=””></a></p>&mdash; Metropolitan Police | #StayHomeSaveLives (@metpoliceuk) <a href=””>May 1, 2020</a></blockquote>

All in all, the UK’s implementation was proven effective in more ways and one and will continue to be so if followed correctly.

(image credit – Barnaby Nerberka)

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