translated from Spanish: Covid-19 quarantines reduce crimes worldwide

The coronavirus pandemic that has paralyzed large retailers and family stores around the world could also be making a dent in illicit business. In Chicago, one of America’s most violent cities, drug-related arrests have plummeted 42 percent in the weeks following the start of quarantine compared to last year.

Part of that fall, according to some criminal lawyers, is because traffickers have no choice but to wait for the end of the economic bump.” The answer I get is that they can’t move to sell anything anywhere,” said Joseph Lopez, a chicago lawyer who represents reputable drug dealers. Overall, crime in Chicago has dropped by 10% since the start of the pandemic, a trend repeated around the world with cities reporting incredible drops in the crime rate since measures to contain the spread of coronavirus were put in place. Even in regions with the highest level of violence outside war zones, fewer killings and robberies are committed. However, the authorities are concerned about an increase in unreported domestic violence and what will happen when restrictions are lifted or if they are too long. It is rare for a city’s crime rate to fall by double digits, even in many longer periods. In the 1990s, during the decline in crime in New York, one of the biggest changes in the country’s history, crime decreased by 40% in three years. This makes the current crash, in just two weeks, even more radical. In Latin America, crime has fallen to levels never seen in decades. “The murders are down and the gangsters don’t harass as much,” said Eduardo Perdomo, a 47-year-old construction worker getting off a coach in San Salvador.You may also be interested in: Doctors infected with coronavirus in Mexico are asking for help”, I think they’re afraid to get the virus, and they don’t come out.” El Salvador reported an average of two murders a day in the last month, from the peak of 600 newspapers a few years ago. Much of that change was due to the tightening of security policies and gang truces. But the imposition of a near-total cap on movements could be reducing it further, according to analysts and national statistics. In Peru, where crime collapsed by 84% last month, Raúl González, employed at a funeral home in Lima, went on to have up to 15 dead bodies a day, many of them homicide victims. This week, he slept on a bench after six hours without clients.
“There are almost no murders and car accidents these days,” Gonzalez said.

In South Africa, police reported a surprising decline in their first week of quarantine. Police Minister Bheki Cele said the number of reported violations rose from 700 to 101, compared to the same period in 2019. In addition, assault charges went from 2,673 to 456, and the murders of 326 to 94.In New York, the main outbreak of the virus in the United States, the felonies _ murder, rape, robbery, assault, theft and car theft _ were reduced by 12% between February and March. In Los Angeles, crime statistics committed in 2020 were in line with last year’s statistics until the week of March 15, when they were reduced by 30%. The way to monitor is also changing because of the pandemic. More and more officers are falling ill: in the New York City Police Department, the largest in the country with 36,000 officers, more than 7,000 are on leave and more than 2,000 were diagnosed with COVID-19. In addition, U.S. authorities are issuing subpoenas instead of making low-level detentions, monitoring compliance with social estrangement, and placing detectives in patrol cars, which in turn could reduce the crime rate. While authorities are unlikely to announce that they are controlling some crimes less, “that will be the case,” said Philip Stinson, a criminologist at Bowling Green State University.” In many ways, in the coming weeks, they will be in survival mode,” he added. But while narcotics arrests have fallen, drug sales continue and traffickers may have been forced to change their strategies, said Rodney Phillips, who was part of a gang in Chicago but now works as a conflict mediator in the city.” These boys already face poverty and death in those areas,” he said. “Now they could be selling more online. But they’re not going to leave him alone because of the coronavirus.” A Maryland man accused of operating a shop on the Darknet dedicated to selling opiates with prescription, he presumed on his page saying, “Even with the Crown Virus (sic) the store runs at full speed.” You may also be interested: Child meets with his father who was quarantined for 3 weeksOtrodemy, however, they could be stoked by quarantines. Houston police chief Art Acevedo said aggravated assaults in the city increased by 10% in the past three weeks, and half of them were domestic violence, a much higher proportion than usual. Calls to Missouri’s child abuse and abuse hotline were halved at the start of the pandemic in the state. According to advocates, calls are no longer made because minors do not go to school. And Chicago recorded an uptick in gun violence this week, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, which reported 60 _19 lethal shootings_ between Sunday and Thursday. In San Jose, California, Police Chief Eddie Garcia hopes the downward trend will continue once the pandemic ends. But his agents are preparing for the worst. “The longer we’re confined, the longer we’ll be playing with fire,” he said.

In most patients, COVID-19 causes mild and moderate symptoms such as fever and cough, but in others, especially older and people with previous illnesses, it can lead to pneumonia and even death. And research shows that it can be highly contagious even if no symptoms are shown. Worldwide, 1.5 million cases have been confirmed. You may also be interested: Boyfriends marry on balcony in full quarantine by coronavirus

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