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What’s the cause behind the high crime rates in London?

April 10, 2018 by popal

The number of murders in London have high rocketed, overtaking New York for the first time for the violent crime rate. There have already been over 55 murder investigations since the start of 2018.

 Since the beginning of the year nearly every day a person is stabbed in London.

Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, believes statistics have shown, “the terrible repercussions around the country of a Government that has been desperately weak on crime for the last eight years, as well as weak on the causes of crime.

“The most violent crimes, including knife crime, are rising across England & Wales. This is clearly a national problem that requires national solutions.”

“The Government must urgently increase funding for the police as well as restoring funding for the services that provide alternative paths away from crime, such as youth services, education, probation and mental health services.”

Metropolitan police commissioner Cressida Dick believes that the high number of crimes being committed in London streets is linked directly to social media. She believes the soaring rate of knife crime in the UK is a direct result of the way crimes are being advertised in social media, whether it is through posts or drill music.

Ms Cressida Dick said, “Over this weekend we will have 300 more officers each day exclusively working against knife crime, exclusively in those parts of London that have been most affected recently.”

With the election around the corner, parties like the Labour party put the blame on the Tories cut of police officers for the soaring rates of crime around London.

“The Tories cuts to the police are devastating our communities and leaving them completely exposed. Under the Tories, 21,000 police officers have been axed and recorded crime is rising at the fastest rate in a decade.”

Sarah Jones, Labour MP for Croydon Central and chair, all-party parliamentary group also voiced her concerns on knife crime in London.

“Our ambition should be to become the safest country in the world. Anything less is letting our young people down. Savage cuts to policing must be reversed – but that is by no means the only issue”

“Knife Crime has been rising across the UK since 2014. Increasingly younger people are carrying knives. Lack of public services like youth work, education and mental health have left a vacuum that is filled by an increasing macho culture that glorifies violence. To break this cycle, we must treat violence like an epidemic – a public health problem.”

A former gang member Sephton Henry, is now a gang’s consultant for Gangsline, a non-profit group that supports young people involved in gangs.

Mr Henry agrees with Met commissioner Cressida Dicks theory of the high knife crimes rates being linked with the advertisement of it, however he believes the way the government is tackling it, will not solve the problem, as it is a bigger problem than it seems.

Mr Henry said, “They just spent £1.35m on a campaign [the Home Office’s #knifefree adverts, and it’s a video of young kids that have been stabbed. If we gave that money to young gang members to build a business and take them off the street, I guarantee it would make more of an impact than some video”

By Moona Popal

 

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