SpotCrime Weekly Reads: coronavirus and policing, the crime rate, and surveillance

Some cities see crime rate decline due to coronavirus, police limit interaction with public, online police reporting programs launch nationwide, gun and ammo sales soar, heightened surveillance during the pandemic, and more...


The coronavirus, crime and law enforcement responses (

Police work goes on as people shelter in place (Santa Fe New Mexican)

Local law enforcement agencies take steps to limit public contact (VTDigger)

Police foundation launches tool to track virus impact on cops (

Police officers rescued a girl’s birthday. Their kind act was found two months later on body cameras. (Washington Post)


What LA looks like on lockdown (Crosstown)

On top of everything, restaurants are becoming burglary targets (

INSIGHT: The Hidden Magic of Mandatory Crime Reporting Laws (Bloomberg Law)

U.S. cybersecurity experts see recent spike in Chinese digital espionage (Reuters) see also: WHO unsuccessfully targeted by hackers earlier this month: report (The Hill)

Ring's Expanding Public-Private Panopticon Doesn't Actually Stop Crime (reason)

Gun and ammo sales soar in St. Louis metro during coronavirus pandemic (St Louis Post Dispatch)


Surveillance Company Says It's Deploying 'Coronavirus-Detecting' Cameras in US (VICE)

Crime-fighting the AI Way--New Policing Model That Combines Leading Forensic Technologies (Yahoo! Finance)

Baltimore aerial surveillance agreement: $3.7 million price tag, privacy protections, evaluation plan (Baltimore Sun)

Under Surveillance Many of Washington’s most expensive homes are located on the Eastside, where the private security industry often plays a pivotal role in protecting these valuable assets (


Roanoke’s incoming police chief says transparency is key (WSLS)


Bail reform advocates hold the line as COVID-19 threatens jail populations (AMNY)


POLICE: Alpharetta man charged with pulling gun on 2 people he thought had coronavirus (CBS46)

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