We analyse how crime trends evolved during the Covid-19 pandemic leveraging public data on local crimes. Police have recorded fewer crimes overall during the pandemic, and the decrease is driven by a large decrease in acquisitive offences. Except for online fraud, crimes in which offenders obtain a material gain - such as burglary or theft - are now less common than pre-Covid. This trend is likely to remain, as more people work from home and shop online. Violent crimes, which have been on the rise since 2014, remain at very high levels and did not decrease because of the pandemic. Public order offences (incidents in which offenders cause public fear, alarm, or distress) have also accelerated since Covid began. We also show that the pandemic has not decreased crimes uniformly. Some areas (37 per cent) had more crimes in 2021 than during the same period in 2019. Unemployment and lower educational attainment appear to be key characteristics of areas that had higher crimes in 2021.
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