Coronavirus pandemic putting pinch on crime in Pennsylvania, data shows

PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) -- Crime is down, and down big time, across Pennsylvania.

It's really not surprising, but the numbers bear out what you'd expect: even some criminals are lying low.

As the COVID-19 outbreak has most of us hunkered down in our homes, crime has plunged

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According to Pennsylvania State Police, when comparing last week's crimes with the week prior to the outbreak, total criminal offenses are down 89%.

Property crimes are down 91%.

DUIs have dropped 71% as bars have been shut down and roadways are largely sparse.

It's clear the pandemic is putting a pinch in crime.

In Philadelphia, while crime is down, violent criminals are still in the game so don't expect police to reduce hours for the men and women in blue.

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One crime many advocates are concerned about is domestic violence.

State Police tell Action News they don't track that statistic currently.
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