CORONAVIRUS: Most Common Local Arrest Now Is Battery

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Crime Is Down, But Battery and Assault Arrests Continue In Boca, Delray

BOCA RATON, FL ( — has reviewed Palm Beach County Jail records for the past several days of COVID-19 mandated “lockdown.” Based solely on those records, it appears that the most common arrest now is for battery, and more often than not, domestic battery.

Our review focused on the Boca Raton Police Department, the Delray Beach Police Department and the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office. The conclusion is only as accurate as the jail intake reports. But it does show a tremendous drop in arrests overall as — for the most part — people are not roaming as freely as they did just weeks ago.

In the past seven days, using the cities of Delray Beach and Boca Raton as the search criteria, a total of 32 arrests were logged. Of those 32, 14 were battery or battery-related crimes. There have also been a small number of DUI arrests and a “possession of obscene material involving a minor” arrest.

Palm Beach County State’s Attorney Dave Aronberg said during a news conference last week that area police departments are seeing an increase in battery — and domestic battery — offenses as people are stuck at home with each other. He said — as is evidenced by the numbers — that police are still responding to all crimes, and will continue to arrest offenders.


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