Recession Fuels Crime Rise in U.S.
History has shown us that recessions in the United States fuel a rise in crime. Crime rates have increased during every recession in the United States since the late 1950s. The Great Recession in 2007-2009 cost millions of jobs and high unemployment lingered for years after the end of the recession.
In wake of the Coronavirus pandemic, workers in retail, hospitality, travel and event companies have all been suffering. Not only are shutdowns causing financial distress, it is now translating into layoffs in a wider circle of industries, including childcare, restaurants and bars.
An increase in the number of people being laid off is not only stressful for many families but will also lead to additional growth in criminal activity. Studies have shown that property crimes such as theft, shoplifting, burglary, and vandalism increase dramatically when unemployment levels rise. If less legitimate work is available, more illegal work will take place. Young people who leave school during recessions are significantly more likely to become involved in crime as well.
This is not the time to let our guard down. We must work together to prevent history from repeating itself. Of the 100 agencies in 2009 who linked crime rises to the economic crisis, 39 percent said they had seen an increase in robberies, 32 percent an increase in burglaries and 40 percent an increase in thefts from vehicles. Keep an eye out for your neighbors and closed businesses that do not have anyone on site.
Columbus Security Measures
Columbus Police Chief Tom Quinlan said the police department is taking precautions to help keep officers safe from the COVID-19 Coronavirus while they serve the public. All Columbus police officers have been instructed to report and self-quarantine any time they experience coronavirus symptoms. They urge you to take extra security precautions when it comes to protecting your families, homes and businesses during this time.
As life is changing drastically in many countries around the world, we want to do our part in helping our community. The safety and health of our community is our number one priority. Executive Security Consultants will stay open for business to handle all sales, service calls and emergency issues. We will attempt to solve as many issues over the phone as possible. If we do need to enter a customer’s home or business we will do so in a safe and efficient manner.
The Executive Security Consultants recently developed a new website that provides educational videos on how to protect your home. This will allow new customers to design their own system without having a technician enter the home. If you are in need of security or additional security during this time please call us at (614) 481-3222 or visit us at www.execsecurityconsult.com. We are here for you, your family and friends throughout this difficult time.
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