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How "Sheltering In Place" Affects Crime

Posted by Joel Bailey | May 07, 2020 | 0 Comments

Empty Freeways, Closed Bars, and social isolation have had a significant impact, both good and bad on San Diego County.  The SD Sheriff's department has been ordered to drastically reduce the jail population, and part of that means "zero bail" for most misdemeanors and non-serious felonies.  With bars and clubs closed, people are not on the roads as much, so what's happening with crime?

According to this handy website:

https://www.crimemapping.com/map/location/San%20Diego,%20CA,%20USA?id=dHA9MCNsb2M9NTUxMzQyI2xuZz0zMyNwbD0zMDQyNjIjbGJzPTE0OjI5OTg4MzI2

A vast majority of crimes reported are alcohol/drug related, followed closely by assault, indicating economic fears and medical frustration are stoking tensions at home for many people.  The San Diego Medical Examiner  https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/me/ usually compiles statistics regarding suicide rates and homicides, but is currently shut down due to the Pandemic.

If you or someone you know is experiencing depression or suicidal thoughts, here are some ways to get help:

https://up2sd.org/hotline/

https://namisandiego.org/helpline/

https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/programs/bhs/mental_health_services_adult_older_adult/adult_emergency_and_crisis.html

Increasing economic pressure, social isolation and drug and alcohol abuse are a dangerous combination, please try to moderate and find a healthy balance in these challenging times.  If you are arrested for Domestic Violence, drug possession, or DUI, please call and I'll be there to help.

About the Author

Joel Bailey

ATTORNEY BIO & EXPERIENCE Attorney Joel W. Bailey was born and raised in San Diego, California. He graduated from La Jolla High School, and earned degrees in Psychology, Sociology and Political Science from UC Santa Barbara, as well as completing a semester at the Universidad de Madrid in Spain....

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