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Crime rate plummeted as lockdown came into force

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The amount of crime being committed in Devon and Cornwall plummeted as the coronavirus lockdown came into force, figures out last week confirmed.

There were nearly 10,000 fewer crimes recorded in the Devon and Cornwall Police force area in the year to June 2020 than there were in the previous 12 months, the Office for National Statistics said.

The period covered by the report included the first 11 weeks of restrictions on people’s movement and activity in order to control the spread of the disease.

There were 54 crimes per 1,000 people in Devon and Cornwall, down 9.5% from 57 per 1,000 in the previous 12 months, meaning it was the second safest force area of 43 in England and Wales.

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