The Covid-19 pandemic has been imposing unprecedented global restrictions on everyday life routines, affecting behaviour on a global scale. This special collection of articles will focus on the pandemic’s potential consequences on crime, including incidence, public safety, security, prevention.
The editors of Crime Science welcome submissions on this topic. The collection’s scope could include, but is not limited to:
- Arguments concerning predicted changes using theoretical frameworks such as opportunity theories of crime.
- Early empirical studies of the relationship between lockdown practices and different types of crime.
- Comparison papers looking at the trends in various settings and places and possible moderating factors for differences.
- Research looking at the consequences of the pandemic on crime prevention practitioners— for example, the activities and resourcing of the police or security services.
- Research looking at the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the public, in terms of their feelings of safety and/or their crime prevention behaviours.
- Longer-term research tracking the crime consequences of the pandemic over time.
To ensure your paper is considered for this collection, please answer "yes" when asked whether you are planning to submit to a special collection, and select “Covid-19 and Crime” from the drop-down menu. In addition, indicate within your cover letter that you wish your manuscript to be considered as part of this collection.