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Op-ed: The evolving interplay of crime and corona

New Delhi Times, June 2, 2020 (Op-ed)

June 2, 2020

Op-ed: The evolving interplay of crime and corona

Richard McCleary, professor of criminology at The University of California-Irvine, mentions that “crime depends on three things: opportunity, motivation, and the absence of a capable guardian.” Due to lockdown, the opportunity for crime in India right now has declined tremendously: the latest estimates from Delhi Police show a 42 percent decline in crime since 15 March 2020.