Crime Rates During the Coronavirus

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53 law enforcement agencies in two dozen states found a 92% drop in both traffic and person stops during the Coronavirus pandemic, according to an analysis by USA TODAY. Fewer traffic stops means declines in DUI’s and drug charges. USA TODAY also reports calls for domestic violence surged up to 30%.

So, what about Grand Junction? “There’s scams going on during COVID-19. People think that this is a time for a lot of urgency for people. So, we’re seeing some of that. We’re still seeing auto thefts. Those things don’t stop because there’s a Stay at Home Order in place,” said Callie Berkson with the GJPD.

Ben Wolfe is an artist, but he’s also victim of theft as recent as Friday, April 24th. Ben’s the most passionate about producing works of art through the art of building. Ben says, “I love mechanical art. So, I build motorized bicycles, scooters, go karts, you name it.” This artist builds bikes for the less fortunate, but now, his bikes were stolen. One bike is more than art, it’s a piece of his heart, and now it’s broken. “I was most concerned losing my 1952 Schwinn Deluxe, and it was definitely converted to more like a moped. That night, I cleaned it up, aired up the tires, had it ready to go, put new gas in it. I went to sleep expecting the next day to enjoy a nice hot day on my bike. I came out drinking some coffee, and I felt naked. I was like, somethings wrong. I looked over in the corner, a bunch of bikes, they were gone,” said Wolfe.

People may feel violated when they’re robbed, but others are missing a piece of themselves. Ben says, “When times were tough, I always leaned on the arts to see me through, and to have a piece me and my brothers worked on, building our relationship. To have it stolen., it gets right to the soul, right to my soul.

Ben is an artist on all levels including: sculpting, painting, building, drawing, and speaking of drawing; he’s constructing challenging coloring books to keep people busy during COVID-19, and entertain the artist in all of us. Art is said to be the expression of life, and Ben’s life would be made to get his bike back, more of a piece of his soul back. Ben says, “My brothers passed away almost 14 years ago, and it was the remnants of the last thing I held on to.”

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