After a Crime Spike, Chicago Mayor Backs Police Department

In an interview with the Chicago Tribune, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot said that as a former prosecutor, she had “total confidence” in police superintendent David Brown’s ability to the city’s surge in murders—a position that puts her at odds with some community leaders.

COVID Spurs New Crime Scare: Bike Thefts

Possibly driven by pandemic-induced shortages and unemployment, the number of bike thefts reported in Denver rose 62 percent between 2017 and 2020, from 1,420 to 2,304, according to the Denver Police Department.

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Unemployment Fraud ‘Exploded’ During Pandemic

The pandemic has seen a surge in this type of theft, with fraudsters filing fake claims for unemployment insurance benefits in high volumes, obtaining payments from multiple states and receiving hundreds of thousands of illegal dollars, according to a Pro Publica investigation.