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Criminal related incidents

It is anticipated that real or perceived shortages of basic needs, and the disruption of normal functions and routines, caused by measures taken to contain COVID-19, could result in an increase in crime related incidents. An increase in crime can exacerbate existing tensions and lead to people either taking the law into their own hands or to social unrest, which in turn will place further demands on the police and criminal-justice system, and could lead to a further securitization of the COVID-19 response.

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