Thieves are taking advantage of staff and students no longer being at school, as burglary rates have soared in vacant school buildings from mandatory coronavirus lockdowns. (Fox News)

The coronavirus pandemic may be keeping overall crime rates low and people indoors, but one city in California is reporting a spike in burglaries at schools shuttered by stay-at-home orders.

The San Jose Police Department said Monday that overall crime in the Northern Californiacity dropped by 31 percent compared with figures from 2019, with violent crimes down 25 percent and a 32 percent drop in property crimes.

“We are all concerned the longer this shelter-in-place goes on, the more we may see increases,” San Jose Police Chief Eddie Garcia told KTVU. “For now, I’m very pleased and proud of the city, of where are numbers are at.”

But data from police obtained by KTVU showed that several schools in the city were burglarized between March 15 to April 11, after stay-at-home orders went into place.

Overall, incidents of school burglaries in San Jose have increased from two to 13 compared to the same time period last year.


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A. D Roberts
2 years ago

The burglars were just good Democrats. They are used to taking from the government and stealing from schools is just a continuation of that.