JARDINE CONCERNED BY POST-LOCKDOWN CRIME RISE


Liberal Democrat Home Affairs spokesperson Christine Jardine has today voiced concerns about the rise in crime as steps begin to normalise life. 

During lockdown many types of crime have fallen significantly across the UK as people have stayed at home- crime had fallen by over 25% in the first three weeks.

 

However, there has been a significant increase in cases of domestic abuse. 

 

The number of crimes recorded in May 2020 was 20,587, an increase of 3,416 on the previous month (April 2020).

 

This comes as Scotland's most senior police officer stated crime had returned to normal levels.

 

Ms Jardine said:

 

"While some types of crime have fallen across Scotland in recent months, the massive increase in domestic abuse remains a cause for serious concern.

 

“We need to be aware that home is not a place of safety for everyone and ensure support is available for everyone who needs it.

 

"With the easing of lockdown, there will be increasing pressure on police forces to try and prevent crime from rising to pre-Covid levels. 

 

"It’s important we are all on our guard and continue to look out for each other.”


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