Covid: Police pressure as pandemic changes ‘landscape of crime’

Once more criminals become skilled in the dark arts, expect high levels of digital crime even after the pandemic comes to an end…:

Unprecedented changes in lifestyle in the coronavirus pandemic led to an acceleration in shifts in criminal behaviour in Wales, a crime expert has said.

Levels of reported crime fell across Wales from October 2019-2020, including in the first few months of the pandemic.

But figures show reports of cyber crime, stalking and harassment spiked.

Professor Martin Innes said challenges were “unprecedented” in modern times.

The Cardiff University professor said while it was hard to predict the future, an increase in digital crime during the pandemic, teamed with the economic impact and increases in social tension mixed for a “worrying cocktail” for post-lockdown crime.

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