Commercial properties left vacant during coronavirus-related shutdowns increasingly become the target of burglaries, adding another challenge for businesses already facing mounting hardship. As overall crime rates plummeted globally, New York City sees a 169 percent spike in commercial burglaries and Vancouver reports a 147 percent increase in commercial break-ins.


“Reduced staffing and businesses operating at limited hours mean more opportunities for burglaries.” –John Heaner, Associate Managing Director, Underwriter, Commercial Insurance, Burns & Wilcox, Tampa, Florida


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