(Don’t) Blame the weather

This project uses time series analysis and forecasting techniques to explore crime data during the COVID-19 pandemic, while also considering the weather.

Did COVID-19 prevent homicides?

Admittedly, that header is a bit sensational, but when I analyzed Boston’s crime data during Covid-19, the drop in reported offenses was quite astonishing. While verbal dispute offenses sky-rocketed, and more people set out to rob a bank, the overall number of crimes dropped by more than half. So indeed, the lock-down prevented harm by reducing the risk of catching the virus and also decreased the probability of getting hit by a car or bullet.

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