Criminals used the Covid pandemic as cover to commit more fraud, hacking and domestic abuse offences, according to new figures.
Lockdowns and restrictions in movement in England and Wales saw a surge in online shopping which led to 'substantial increases' in computer crimes.
Meanwhile violence in the home increased with domestic abuse cases rocketing.
Office for National Statistics figures for the year to March detail the fullest picture to date on levels of offending during the pandemic.
Billy Gazard, from the ONS Centre for Crime and Justice, said: 'The coronavirus pandemic has had a significant impact on patterns of crime.
'There were large decreases in theft offences, such as domestic burglary and theft from the person, as more people stayed at home and limited their social contact.
'At the same time, there were substantial increases in fraud and computer misuse offences such as hacking, as fraudsters took advantage of behavioural …