The number of crimes in Ceredigion reported to Dyfed-Powys Police dropped by more than 50% between February and April, according to new figures.
Data from a Freedom Of Information request made by Ceredigion Online show that in April – the month following the lockdown – the force received a total of 164 reports of crimes in the county.
This number was down from 336 in February.
The lockdown came into place on May 28, with Boris Johnson bringing in the strict rules after the number of coronavirus deaths began to spiral.
Arson, assaults – both with or without injury, criminal damage to cars, and threats to kill were some of the reported crimes which dropped between February and April.
But reports of rape allegations, residential criminal damage, and theft in a dwelling were among the crimes which rose between the two months.
Vast majority of cases go unsolved
The force also revealed that the vast majority of cases do not result in a charge.
Of the 1,108 reported crimes between January and April that were resolved, a mere 49 resulted in a suspect being charged.
Another 23 reports resulted in a caution, and 15 in a summons to court.
But a total of 292 reports led to no suspect being identified.
And 513 investigations were ended after the victim declined or was unable to support action after the suspect could not be identified, or the victim did not or withdrew their support to prosecute.
A total of 99 investigations were dropped because of evidential difficulties.