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Covid-19 crimes

Published on: 28-May-2020

The Straits Times, page 28 

The Covid-19 circuit breaker has been disruptive for many organisations - including those involved in vice and crime, with many adapting and finding new ways to scam, cheat and profit. Asst Professor Olivia Choy, who specialises in criminology at NTU, explained factors that may push individuals to crime. "We can't negate the fact that there have been negative psychological effects from social distancing, such as confusion, anger and anxiety. Combined with a lack of healthy coping mechanisms, this can lead an individual to engage in criminal activities, among other factors," she said.

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