Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Knife Crime in London

What has happened to the idea that people could be safe from crime in London, England? It sure seems like being robbed at knife point has become a constant thing:
Harry Styles was threatened by a person wielding a knife and had money stolen over the weekend, according to reports.
The former One Direction singer was reportedly on a night out in Hampstead in London on Valentine’s Day when he was confronted by a man wielding a knife shortly before midnight.
According to the Daily Mirror, a source said that Styles “played it pretty cool, quickly giving the assailant cash, keeping himself and the guy calm and getting the situation over with. Understandably though it left him very shaken up afterwards.”
They say it has gotten out of hand, and the numbers would tend to support that assumption:
Knife crime in London has risen to a new high amid a nationwide surge in blade-offending, official figures revealed today.
The Office for National Statistics said that 15,080 knife offences were recorded in the capital during the 12 months to the end of last September [2019].

It amounts to a two per cent rise on the previous year and indicates the Met’s efforts to bear down on the problem are having only limited effect.

The bleak statistics came as national figures released by the ONS showed a seven per cent rise in knife offending across England and Wales to 44,771 blade crimes, an average of more than 120 incidents a day.
Here are the hotspots (Styles was in a northern part of London):

 So, what's being done about it? Apparently, very little.
Met Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said tackling knife crime in London remained her "number one priority".
So far this year more than 110 murder investigations have been launched across the capital by the Met and British Transport Police.
About two-thirds of the deaths in those cases resulted from stabbings.
Ms Dick said: "Most people go about their business completely untroubled by crime or indeed violence.

"But we do have some parts of London which have been really troubled by violence and it is our job to work with people to reduce violence."
In other words, no. They are not attacking the root causes of the violence, which are poverty and the high cost of living in London in any measurable way.

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