The statistics are drawn from the London Mayor’s Knife Crime Strategy 2017. The knife crime figures 2014/15 and 2015/16 appear to have been relatively static, but there has been a sharp increase 2016/17 so that overall, total knife crime has increased by 24% on 2015/16. Knife crime with injury has increased by 21% over 2015/16 and Knife possession has risen by 27% on 2015/16. Knife crime injury victims under 25 years, have risen by a staggering 25% over 2015/16. The figures speak for themselves and it would seem therefore, that bespoke first aid training in educational settings and the community more widely is entirely appropriate.
The following points have been reproduced from the Knife Crime Strategy 2017.
- Total knife crime has increased by 24% in the last year (an increase of 2,332 on 2015/16);
- There has been an increase in the number of victims of Knife crime resulting in injury of 20.5% (752 more victims);
- Of the 4,415 total victims of knife crime with injury, 2,028 were aged under 25 and were not domestic abuse related. This is equivalent to 46% of all victims of knife crime with injury. The number of victims of knife crime with injury under 25 had also increased by 24.7% compared to the preceding year;
- When considering the rate of youth related knife crime with injury compared to the population estimate, there is less than one victim per 1,000 population of 1-24 year olds in London. This varies by borough, with Lambeth recording the highest rate relative to population of 1.5 per 1,000 youth population in the last year;
- Possession offending has also increased, with 4,021 recorded in the last year. This is an increase of 746 representing 22.8% more than in the preceding year.
- There were a total of 105 victims of homicide across London in 2016/17/. 56 of these were victims of fatal knife crime, with 49 of these victims of non-domestic abuse related offences;
- Of the victims of non-domestic abuse knife homicide, almost all were male. Just over half of these were aged under 25 years of age.