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Crime drop due to lockdown not sustainable, but there are lessons to be learnt - ISS analyst

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While crime decreased dramatically during the lockdown, the reasons behind the reduction are not sustainable, but there are lessons to be learnt which can be applied effectively in a post-lockdown South Africa.

This was the initial analysis by Dr Johan Burger, a senior researcher at the Crime and Justice Programme at the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), following the release of the quarterly crime statistics on Friday.

Police Minister Bheki Cele released crime statistics from 1 April to 30 June, which covered Levels 4 and 5 of the lockdown, as well as a month of Level 3.

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