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Full report: COVID-19 Pandemic and crime trends in NSW
Release Date: 10:30am Thursday, 18 June 2020
New research shows that crime fell sharply in April 2020 coinciding with strict social isolation strategies introduced to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
The NSW Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research (BOCSAR) examined changes in crime over 6 weeks from mid-March 2020; the time that social distancing measures commenced in NSW. For key offences we compared the level of crime recorded by police in this 6-week period with the expected level based on data from previous years.
Our study found large decreases in many crime categories including:
Some crimes remained stable including DV assault and certain drug offences.
Commenting on the findings BOCSAR Executive Director, Jackie Fitzgerald, noted that in many ways it is not surprising that the huge social upheaval caused by the lockdown also interrupted criminal activity. "It also seems likely that, as restrictions are relaxed and NSW residents resume regular activities, crime rates will return to normal levels."
Further enquiries: Jackie Fitzgerald, Executive Director 0423 139 687 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Copies of the report: www.bocsar.nsw.gov.au