One of the side effects of the stay at home order is a decrease in crime with one unfortunate exception.
“March compared to February, looks like our breaking and enterings are down a little bit and retail frauds are down a little bit,” said Eaton County Sheriff Tom Reich.
In Jackson, police had 300 fewer calls in March than in January. Despite the decrease in calls, some departments are seeing an increase in one area.
“Overall, when it comes to violent crime, we’ve kind of noticed a decrease in violent crime overall; however our domestic assaults and violence relating to couples, we’ve seen a little bit of a surge,” said Lansing Police Chief Daryl Green.
Sheriff Reich says Eaton County has also seen an increase in domestic violence.
His department, like many others, is changing the way they dispatch deputies.