Crime and Covid-19

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This study seeks to examine the effect of the covid-19-related changes in routine activities on crime patterns in an urban area. Using data from Mexico City, I will first identify a suitable proxy measure to estimate the amount of activity outside homes (such as public transit passenger numbers, mobility apps trip queries, or amount of air pollution) before and after the social distancing restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 epidemic. Then, I will examine if spatio-temporal crime patterns are associated with those of the proxy measures of routine activities.

Patricio R Estévez-Soto
Patricio R Estévez-Soto
Lecturer (Teaching) for Latin America and the Caribbean

My main research interests are organised crime, repeat victimisation, crime prevention, and crime in Latin America and the Caribbean.