In a few days time I should have a set of figures telling us exactly what the size of the Knife Crime problem is across England and Wales. While I’m waiting for the last few miscreants to remember to send me some data, or protest that they don’t have a Knife Crime problem, I thought I would plunder the Mayor of London’s Data Store and draw some pretty pictures of the scale of weapons generally in our capital.
As the data goes back to 2008 I thought “why not nick it all?” look at the long term situation and how it might have changed. The categories covered everything from Dog Bites to Murder but I just concentrated on my current hobby horse and guns while I was at it.
As we all know, Sir Bernie Hogan-Who ordered a reduction in Stop and Search in London after the 2011 riots in order to try to build trust between the police and London’s communities. Did that work? We shall see.
Knife and Gun Crime between 2008 and 2016 looks like this.Reasonably constant over 8-9 years, not a huge increase but certainly hasn’t gone down much.
Contrast this with Stop and Search over the same period.
That has MOST DEFINITELY gone down
Because we can, why don’t we have a look at staffing levels within the Met over that period.
Police Officers down a little bit, but noticeable drops in Specials, PCSOs and Police Staff.
Finally, total recorded crime, how much has that reduced?
A slight dip around 2012-2013 but most definitely on the way back up would you say?
Don’t have nightmares, do sleep well.
Back soon with England and Wales Knife Crime figures. I bet you can hardly wait.