Events in Italy affected by the crisis give an idea of how the situation may develop in other countries as the coronavirus spreads further.
In Italy, completely new forms of crime are currently emerging. For example, in supermarkets, dealers are increasingly mingling with customers and selling drugs. There are also raids on carriers, which are easy prey for criminals on the empty streets of the country.
“In empty cities, they are targeted by petty criminals,” the BiciCouriers delivery association said in a statement.
To fight crime in supermarkets, the Italian police has increased its presence there, and also conducts more checks in front of the entrances.
While burglary has declined sharply, and pickpockets have become virtually unemployed due to curfews, raids in open stores are increasing. Authorities have warned that criminals, in particular, monitor pharmacies and kiosks.