The great opportunity: how Covid transformed global crime

2020 led to surges in everything from domestic abuse to black markets in fake vaccines

By the end of March, one week into the UK’s first lockdown, recorded crime in Lancashire had dropped by a startling 40% compared with the four-year average.

“At first there was some mild panic,” says DCI Eric Halford, of Lancashire Constabulary. “Most senior officers expected a surge in demand.”

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