Minor covid-19 association with crime in Sweden.

Gerell M, Kardell J, Kindgren J

Crime Sci 9 (1) 19 [2020-10-11; online 2020-10-11]

The covid-19 disease has a large impact on life across the globe, and this could potentially include impacts on crime. The present study describes how crime has changed in Sweden during ten weeks after the government started to implement interventions to reduce spread of the disease. Sweden has undertaken smaller interventions than many other countries and is therefore a particularly interesting case to study. The first major interventions in Sweden were implemented in the end of week 11 (March 12th) in the year 2020, and we analyze police reported crimes through week 21 (ending May 24th). Descriptive statistics are provided relative to expected levels with 95% confidence intervals for eight crime types. We find that total crime, assaults, pickpocketing and burglary have decreased significantly, personal robberies and narcotics crime are unchanged. Vandalism possibly increased somewhat but is hard to draw any firm conclusions on. The reductions are fairly small for most crime types, in the 5-20% range, with pickpocketing being the biggest exception noting a 59% drop relative to expected levels.

Category: Social Science & Humanities

Type: Journal article

PubMed 33072489

DOI 10.1186/s40163-020-00128-3

Crossref 10.1186/s40163-020-00128-3

pii: 128
pmc: PMC7548025

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