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Kyiv police chief says curfew can prevent looting

"Since businesses and shops are closed, criminals can take advantage of this."

Kyiv police chief says curfew can prevent looting
Andriy Kryshchenko
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The head of the Main Directorate of the National Police in Kyiv, Andriy Kryshchenko, has said that the introduction of a curfew at night will help prevent looting.

"Since businesses and shops are closed, criminals can take advantage of this, looting can begin. And here a ban on going out at night would come in handy," he said in an interview with Interfax-Ukraine.

He also noted that the criminal situation in the capital had not changed due to the introduction of restrictive measures to prevent coronavirus.

"We understand that in such a difficult time the crime rate is increasing. But at the moment it is not the case, there is even a slight decrease in street crime: there has not been a single robbery in Kyiv over the past day, this happens very rarely," he noted.

In general, according to him, the crime rate in the capital remains the same.

“So more stringent restrictive measures are introduced not only to isolate people but also so that the crime curve does not creep up because people's safety, prevention and crime detection are our immediate responsibilities,” he summed up.

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