The COVID-19 pandemic has had an immense impact on all aspects of society, including crime. Here you will find up-to-date criminal justice data from 29 major cities. By overlaying this with data about the pandemic, users can learn how big the impact has been in their city, and across the nation.
Click the dropdown menus below to choose which data to plot for all cities where it is available. Choose one category to display 2020 data relative to that from the previous 5 years. Choose multiple categories to compare how different types of crime were affected by the pandemic. Drag a box over the graph to zoom in, and double click to zoom back out.
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The displayed data is collected from open data sources and data requests sent to specific cities. Data has been cleaned but may still contain errors. Certain reports have been dropped that are not related to the crime categories presented above. Data has also been restricted for categorical consistency across years. When necessary, crime incidents and arrests have been classified manually on that basis of “crime description”, “weapon”, “victim”, and “premises” fields. Finally, many cities release data that is subsequently audited and updated. This means that very recent data may not be accurate. Below are data definitions.
Types of Measurements
Reflects crimes reported to the relevant Police department and are categorized based upon the classifications ascribed by police at the time of reporting. Depending on the city, this will include both Part I and Part II Uniform Crime Report offenses. Certain offense types will often be excluded from the data such as crimes of a sexual nature or those involving juveniles.
Arrest reports in the relevant city. There are plotted based upon the date of the arrest where available, and otherwise plotted based upon the date of the crime for which the arrest was made.
Brief detainment of an individual on the basis of reasonable suspicion of involvement in criminal activity.
The temporary detention of a driver of a vehicle to investigate either a possible crime or a minor legal violation.
An unadjusted count of the data.
The count per 100,000 residents of the city.
7 Day MA
A smoothed version of the data taking a 7 day simple moving average to make it easier to see the trend in the data
Indicates stops where contraband was found on the person (or in the vehicle). This includes both drugs and weapons.
Indicates stops where the officer frisked the individual. This is generally done to detect weapons.
Indicates stops where the officer searched the individual (or vehicle). This is more involved than a frisk.
Murders and manslaughters.
Burglaries, all thefts, and arson.
Murder, manslaughter, aggravated assault, rape (not statutory) and robbery (with and without a firearm).
Motor Vehicle Theft
Unauthorized use of a vehicle including car, bus, or truck.
Any acts involving sexual penetration, where possible statutory rape has been excluded.
Theft from Auto
Theft of goods from a vehicle.
Burglary of houses and apartments.
Burglary of commercial premises, including stores, movie theatres and banks.
Theft of personal property that does not include robberies, burglary, or theft of motor vehicles.
Includes any violence, abuse, or threats against a relationship partner, child, or dependent adult.
The number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the respective county.
The number of deaths official attributed to COVID-19 within the respective county.
Mobility trends for places restaurants, cafes, shopping centers, theme parks, museums, libraries, movie theatres, and other similar locations. Measured in total visitors.
Mobility trends for grocery markets, food warehouses, farmers markets, specialty food shops, drug stores, pharmacies, and other similar locations. Measured in total visitors.
Mobility trends for local parks, national parks, public beaches, marinas, dog parks, plazas, public gardens, and other similar locations. Measured in total visitors.
Mobility trends for public transport hubs such as subway, bus, and train stations. Measured in total visitors.
Mobility trends for places of work. Measured in total visitors.
Mobility trends for places of residence. Measured in terms of duration in the location.
Data comes from Google Community Mobility Reports. This data is collected at the county level. Data is recorded as a percentage change relative to a baseline, which is the median value for a given day of the week during the period from January 3rd to February 6th. These changes are separated by the category of the location.
Data on this site comes from research led by David Abrams, with assistance from Priyanka Goonetilleke and Elizabeth Holmdahl. Please cite this URL when using figures or data. Site designed and built by Kathy Qian.