Knife crime is on the rise in London
Don’t take my word for it, the statistics are there for all to see and a senior member of the Metropolitan police doesn’t think that it is being taken seriously by the public for a very controversial reason. With 26 murders so far (21 March 2018) in London already this year and unknown numbers of casualties from knife crime we can look at statistics from last year to demonstrate the scale of the problem.
There were 37,433 recorded knife offences in the United Kingdom for the year up to September 2017. In London the figure stood at 12,980 a hugely disproportionate figure which is compounded by the fact it was taken only 3/4 of the way through the year and that in 2018 it is showing no signs of decreasing.
With criminal gangs turning to bladed weapons and mopeds to facilitate an increasingly violent and impudent campaign of terror against the capital, Martin Hewitt the Met Police Assistant Commissioner believes that there isn’t sufficient outrage over the epidemic because the vast majority of victims come from underprivileged backgrounds.
Young Knife Crime Victims
A study by South London charity Redthread has found that victims of serious or fatal knife crime have often visited local Accident and Emergency units “up to four or five times” prior. Redthread CEO John Poyton argues that early intervention at this stage is critical as “every year thousands of young people aged 11-24 come through hospital doors as victims of assault”.
With the rise in knife crime rates among young people and the increasing use of mopeds and scooters in armed smash and grab robberies around the country maybe we should all be listening to this advice as current methodology is clearly not working. With huge cuts to police forces across the country Fox SSS Ltd is not alone in highlighting the perfect storm of police cuts, lack of security awareness and political indifference. Warrior Doors managing director Brett Barratt echoed many of our concerns in a recent Professional Jeweller article on the issue.
Samurai Swords and Mopeds
Were used in a recent smash-and-grab robbery on a prominent Regent Street jewellery store. On 18 March 2018 at around 2pm police were called to a Watches of Switzerland shop on the high profile London street. Upon arrival the officers found that display cases had been smashed open and a large range of high value items were stolen from the premises. The suspects had, of course, left the scene prior to police arrival and Scotland Yard are appealing for information. (crimestoppers anonymous 0800 555 111)
The daring nature of these crimes and the complete disregard for the safety of those left in their wake marks as a huge contributor to the high levels of knife crime and violence we see plaguing our capital city. Helmets and gloves provide protection for the criminals while their local knowledge and use of stolen scooters and mopeds ensure a swift getaway and a high probability that they will never be caught or brought to justice over their crimes. A recent BBC documentary on these gangs demonstrated that they commit crimes because they can get away with it so easily.
What Can We Do?
As we take stock of the high rise in knife crime and young people being wounded and murdered on our streets there seems to be a wave of apathy amongst those affected as if we as a country are simply shrugging our collective shoulders and accepting that this is the way of things now and that we just have to get used to it.
The inspirational people at Redthread and other organisations are combating this issue by targeting young people and attempting early intervention to halt this rise of violent crime in the city. It seems a long and arduous road to recovery which cannot happen without a determined political and community will. Increase in public spending and a recruitment drive amongst the police force coupled with large and determined social care programmes seem a long way off in the current political climate.
Here at Fox SSS Ltd we have a large number of highly professional and experienced operators as well as in depth, accredited training programmes which we believe helps combat a large number of security issues facing London and the rest of the U.K. at the moment. If you are struggling or suffering as a direct or indirect result of the many waves of crime across the country then please do give us a call and reap the benefit our expert advice.
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