Chicago Sees Serious Crime Drop During Pandemic

With so many people staying at home to stop the spread coronavirus, violent crime is predictably down in most major U.S. cities.

Chicago has seen a 25 percent drop in calls to the police and has arrested 53 percent fewer people of serious crimes.

In other cities, Washington, D.C., and Baltimore have both seen an 8 percent drop in violent crime.Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco have each experienced drops of more than 25 percent.

But The Washington Post reports that Austin and Nashville have seen small rises in violent crime during the pandemic, while Denver and Houston have seen double-digit spikes. And across all 30 major cities studied by the Police Executive Research Forum, homicides were only down 3.5 percent between March 16 and April 12.

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