On the record

RAWLINS – There are many benefits from sheltering in place during the COVID-19 pandemic, the least of which is to help stop the spread of the virus. It seems that other things can be affected by the shut down as well, including crime in general.

According to national surveys, total crime overall has fallen since the start of the shut down, by nearly 25%. That includes violent crimes, robbery, assault, theft and even murders. But one type of crime is on the rise: domestic violence. Incidents of assaults and rapes have risen by 5% across the country, and according to Rawlins Police Chief Troy Palmer, more than 35% in the city.

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