Violent crime

Fact checks related to violent crime, including knife crime, gang crime and hate crime

5 September 2019

Does stop and search work?

Discussion of stop and search focuses on its use as a crime deterrent. But this ignores its use as an investigatory power.

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Does stop and search work?
23 May 2019

There’s no evidence that this man was attacked because he’s in the armed forces

A member of the British armed forces was hit by a car in West Yorkshire. There’s no evidence that he was attacked for being in the armed forces.

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There’s no evidence that this man was attacked because he’s in the armed forces
8 March 2019

What’s happening to knife crime?

Knife crime has almost certainly been rising in recent years, and knife-related homicides are at a record high.

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What’s happening to knife crime?
1 February 2019

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.

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Violent crime is not at record levels
25 January 2019

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.

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The London Underground isn’t as dangerous as New York’s in the 1990s
22 November 2018

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.

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Are a majority of youth knife offenders minority ethnic?
9 November 2018

BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck

Question Time on 8 November came from Dulwich, London. Topics covered included whether stop and search and knife crime, Brexit deals, and if burning a model of Grenfell Tower should …

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BBC Question Time: Recap and Factcheck
16 October 2018

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.

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Hate crime in England and Wales
5 July 2018

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.

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The number of homicides in London has fallen over the last decade
28 June 2018

How many children are in gangs? The data’s not good enough to know

In 2014, 0.9% of 10-15 year olds in England and Wales reported being in a street gang. In 2016/17, 0.7% did.

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How many children are in gangs? The data’s not good enough to know

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