According to the annual statistics, the spring period marks the beginning of the annual rise in criminal incidents, as warm weather, after the harsh city winter, motivates people to go out and celebrate, which creates more opportunities for fraudsters and criminals.
But they seem to fear the virus like everyone else, says the professor at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and former New York Police Department officer Eugene O’Donnell.
During the “staying home” order issued by New York Governor Andrew Como, burglary, assault and theft rates fell dramatically, with New York City last week reporting one homicide, compared to eight murders in the previous week.
Burglary and assaults decreased by 18 percent in the same period.
Although specialists say that judging the decline in crime rates within a short period of time, such as one week, is “misleading”, it seems that the direct impact of the virus leads to a sharp drop in crime, not only in New York but also across the country.
Flock Safety, which sells license plate reader technology, said data from its cameras in Florida, California and Texas show a significant drop in the numbers of stolen cars and vehicle traffic belonging to people with a criminal history.
However, in fact, the virus did not provide services to New Yorkers, on the contrary, it has so far killed 395 of them, while the number of victims of homicides in it over the past year was 319.
New York has the largest police station in the country, but New York police may find themselves tense because of the double pressures on its officers who get sick and are forced to watch the mostly deserted streets.
To date, 236 police have been infected with the coronavirus.
The epidemic raised concerns about prison inmates, who statistics indicate are contracting the disease at a much higher rate than the general population.
To reduce the chances of this, the Federal Prison Office directed increased use of house arrest to remove more prisoners from public places of detention.
So far, according to the prison office, six inmates and four staff members have been infected with the virus throughout the country. One of them, an inmate in Louisiana, was hospitalized in critical condition.
The United States topped the list of countries in the world in the number of infections with the Corona virus, which has reached more than 85,000 cases so far, including about 40,000 in New York alone.
1,288 people have died of the virus in the United States so far.