Tuesday, March 24, 2020
KANSAS CITY QUESTION: WILL COVID-19 IMPACT CURB OR SPIKE CRIME?!?
Over the past week we've noticed a WELCOMED downturn in local homicides.
With a great deal of effort going toward providing meals, resources and financial aid . . . Thankfully, a great many people in the metro have options other than crime.
However, mass layoffs and increased scarcity have often spiked the crime rate in places around the world.
Fast Company: How COVID-19 layoffs could lead to an increase in crime
"According to a new study of 1 million laid-off Norwegians over 15 years, out-of-work people commit 60% more property crimes (such as theft, shoplifting, burglary, and vandalism) in the year after losing work and have 20% more criminal charges than when employed."
OF COURSE there's a lot of variables to consider . . . Mainly that U.S. gun laws are a great deal more lax than any industrialized nation and home defense is a VERY BIG DEAL in the States . . . U.S. ruls & regs offer a lot of leeway for people to shoot intruders which MIGHT be what keeps robbery stats just a bit lower than in European nations. Call it the "herd immunity" of the 2nd Amendment.
"You may also see a lower crime and arrest rate in the weeks ahead because police may be purposefully not making as many arrests. Police want to keep people out of jails, where viruses spread like wildfire and cause even more problems. And some departments, like Philadelphia’s, have decided not to arrest people on charges like narcotics, theft, burglary and vandalism. You have to wonder whether a more relaxed justice system will encourage more crime."
Either way . . .
The threat of rising crime continues to confront KCMO despite the circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic and local hope that kindness & charity will keep criminals from targeting the innocent.
Developing . . .