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Lockdowns reduced urban crime by over a third around the globe – but some cities benefited more than others

By Amy Nivette, Associate Professor in Social and Behavioural Sciences, Utrecht University
Manuel Eisner, Professor of Comparative and Developmental Criminology, University of Cambridge
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Soon after the first lockdowns started, newspaper articles were ripe with speculation and reports about the effect of the pandemic on crime around the globe. Many reports suggested there would be a rapid fall in street crime, while others indicated a possible rise in lootings, burglaries of commercial properties and


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