After San Francisco mandated all residents to stay at home to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, crime has dropped – as said by Police Chief Bill Scott.
Fox News reported that “the mandate, which cautions non-essential workers to work from home and only venture out for necessities such as groceries and medicine, took effect last week, but already calls for police to dispatch have fallen as low as 25 percent compared to this time last year, Scott said.”
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For this month, violent crime has dropped by nine incidents when compared to 2019. “We were on a little bit of an upward trend prior to this public health order,” Scott said at a news conference. “Now we are at a significant downward trend.”
There have also been uniformed officers in heavier patrol on the streets to “tamp down on crime on vacant properties,” reported Fox News.
While the stay-at-home orders are expected to last until at least April 7th, Gov. Gavin Newsom said it would be “misleading” to tell residents that businesses would be open and operating as usual by then.
The state of California has the third-highest number of cases of COVID-19 and deaths caused by the virus in the U.S.. As of Tuesday, there are at least 2,267 cases of coronavirus statewide and 43 deaths.