The upsurge in crime during the Covid-19 pandemic

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United States citizens saw an increase in crime in almost every major city during COVID-19,

in 2020, according to the National Library of Medicine. 

It was a very rough time for the residents of the U.S.; many people lost jobs which created financial problems for citizens, so some turned to crime. 

According to John Gramlich, “The U.S. murder rate rose 30% between 2019 and 2020 – the largest single-year increase in more than a century.” 

During the height of the pandemic, homicides rose 30% when everyone was supposed to be in the house.

According to Grace Hauck, “The trends in 2022 are largely the inverse of what happened in the U.S. amid the height of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, when violent crime rose, and property crime decreased. According to the report, homicides fell about 4% in 2022, based on data from 27 of the 35 cities included in the study.” 

Years after the pandemic, homicides fell, but there have been spiking trends in carjackings. 

According to Grace Hauck, “Motor vehicle thefts and carjackings have been steadily rising for several years, the report found. Carjacking is the “theft or attempted theft of a motor vehicle by force or threat.”

As Homicides and violent crime decrease carjackings soar to high lengths.

Torian, a student at Delaware State University, say, “Crime during covid was out of control, but now as years passed it seems like things has calmed down a little, but it’s still crazy out here.

Students have been affected by the once rising violent crime rate, and even though it has been a decrease student are still a little cautious.

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