What’s happening to knife crime?
No single figure can perfectly capture trends in knife crime. Here we present a range of measures.
Violent crime is not at record levels
It’s not correct that violent crime is at a record high. Several reliable sources indicate that violent crime is far lower now than it was in the 1990s.
The London Underground isn’t as dangerous as New York’s in the 1990s
Crime levels on the London Underground have risen recently, but are still below New York City’s at its worst in 1990.
Are a majority of youth knife offenders minority ethnic?
Across England and Wales in 2017, 38% of knife possession convictions among under 25s were convictions of non-white youths.
BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
Question Time on 8 November came from Dulwich, London. topics covered included whether stop and search could be used to tackle knife crime, if the country could unite around a Brexit deal, and if burning a model of Grenfell Tower should be considered a crime.
Hate crime in England and Wales
The number of recorded hate crimes in England and Wales spiked after the 2016 EU referendum and after terror attacks in the UK in 2017.
The number of homicides in London has fallen over the last decade
Over the long term, homicides (including murders) in London are down, even including victims of terrorist incidents.
How many children are in gangs? The data’s not good enough to know
Any estimate will be very rough, but there’s no indication that the number is surging.
Robbery: Is the UK a “world leader”?
The recorded robbery rate in England and Wales is one of the highest out of 13 countries examined by the Home Office, but not top. The increase in the robbery rate since 2015 was the greatest in England and Wales though.
Are more people being prosecuted for carrying knives?
More people are getting caught with knives, prosecuted for these offences, and they’re spending longer in prison for it.
Have more people died in stabbings and shootings this year?
Across the whole of England and Wales homicides attributed to stabbings or shootings have increased in recent years.
What happened to violent crime in London since 2008?
Under Boris Johnson’s time as mayor the murder rate halved, though we can’t say for sure whether the rise in stop and searches was effective.
How many stop and searches are knife crime related?
9% of successful stop and searches in London relate to possession of an offensive weapon, which includes knives, as well as other sharp weapons and acid.
Knife Crime in England and Wales
In the year to September 2017, there were just under 37,500 recorded offences involving the use of a knife or sharp instrument in England and Wales.
Drugs and homicide
The number of homicides involving a victim or suspect who was a drug user or dealer rose from 41% in 2014/15 to 42% 2016/17.
Has the number of murders in London overtaken New York?
More people were murdered in London than in New York in February. Looking at whole years the figure is generally higher in New York, but decreasing, whereas in London it has stayed at roughly the same level.
Unemployment, nurses, and knife crime: factchecking Prime Minister's Questions
We've factchecked claims from Prime Minister's Questions on unemployment, nurse training, apprenticeships, and knife crime.
How many of those convicted of knife crime go to prison?
The front page of the Mail today claimed that re-offenders convicted of knife crime are avoiding jail. We've taken a look at the figures.
Is the rising cost of alcohol behind falling violent crime?
The Times reports a 'shock drop' in violent crime as they and others point to rising alcohol costs and falling consumption as the cause. What does the evidence say?
Are austerity cuts allowing criminals to get away with violent offences?
Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has unearthed a fifteen-fold increase in the number of 'community resolutions' dealing with violent crime. Are cuts behind this shift in policing methods?