A Marshall Project analysis found that in some big cities, reported crime dropped in the week ending March 22 compared with the week before. PISC Advisory Board Member John MacDonald, PhD, spoke to the Marshall Project about recent declines in crime. MacDonald states that this sudden decline is due to the number of people sheltering in place resultantly reducing crimes of opportunity.
However, He describes the incidence of this as "episodic" and cautions against reading into the data. MacDonald does not believe this will be a lasting trend. This article further highlights what fellow experts believe is likely to occur due to COVID-19 caused crime trends.