How COVID-19 layoffs could lead to an increase in crime

Did you know that your occupation may be all that stands between you and a life of crime? It is. According to a new study of 1 million laid-off Norwegians over 15 years, out-of-work people commit 60% more property crimes (such as theft, shoplifting, burglary, and vandalism) in the year after losing work and have…

How COVID-19 layoffs could lead to an increase in crime

Did you know that your occupation may be all that stands between you and a life of crime? It is. According to a new study of 1 million laid-off Norwegians over 15 years, out-of-work people commit 60% more property crimes (such as theft, shoplifting, burglary, and vandalism) in the year after losing work and have 20% more criminal charges than when employed.These are huge numbers, and very relevant as U.S. workers face layoffs nationwide in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The researchers suspect that layoff crime is even more prevalent in the U.S., but no U.S. data exists connecting individuals’ employment and crime data.“Norway has a strong socia
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