Crime Investigation During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Slovenia

Initial reflections

  • Gorazd Meško University of Maribor
  • Vojko Urbas Criminal Investigation Department, General Police Directorate, Slovenia
Keywords: COVID-19, Crime, Investigation, Analysis, Slovenia

Abstract

The article presents an introductory reflection on the COVID-19 epidemic, registered crime and police work in the field of crime investigation, especially during the first wave of the epidemic in the spring of 2020 in Slovenia as compared to the previous year. First, an analysis of recorded crime for the first nine months (January–September) of 2019 and 2020 is presented, followed by comparing the same period in the first wave of the epidemic from March to May 2020. Governmental measures for curbing the epidemic are also presented. The comparisons show that most recorded crimes decreased in Slovenia during the first wave of the epidemic in 2020 and the first nine months of 2020. We also present the opinions of the heads of criminal investigation sectors at the Criminal Police Directorate on the incidence and nature of criminal offences during the epidemic and the criminal police responses. The findings indicate the need for additional victimisation and self-reporting studies of delinquency, which could be a qualitative supplement to the official statistical data on recorded crime during the COVID-19 epidemic in Slovenia. 

Author Biography

Vojko Urbas, Criminal Investigation Department, General Police Directorate, Slovenia

Vojko Urbas is Director of the Slovenian Criminal Investigation Departmen

Published
2021-10-25
How to Cite
Meško, G., & Urbas, V. (2021). Crime Investigation During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Slovenia. European Law Enforcement Research Bulletin, (SCE 5), tbd. Retrieved from https://bulletin.cepol.europa.eu/index.php/bulletin/article/view/499
Section
Conference Contribution