Monday, July 14, 2008
Is Fear of Knife Crime Exaggerated?
That's not to say that there is not an acute problem with some of kind of knife related incident taking place every hour, four times the rate of gun crime. Moreover, knife crime affects young people-those aged 17-20- disproportionately; is often involved in the increased incidence of 15-16 year old crime; while the Youth Justice Board's recent survey revealed a 12% increase in teenagers carrying knives since 2002.
But a few high profile knifing incidents involving celebrity connections, plus our national propensity for hand wringing, have ratcheted up a genuine concern into unnecessary panic. The Times leader today points out that:
The Metropolitan Police recorded 70 knife killings last year: the same as a decade ago.
It also questions Cameron's 'Broken Society' claim:
There has never been a time when our society has been richer, lived longer, been more tolerant, guaranteed women greater opportunities, cared better for the sick and disabled or done more to provide education for all. There are few places in the world that are better to live in than Britain - more law-abiding, more civil and more stable.
When that bastion of the Establishment, The Thunderer, tells us to 'calm down, calm down', perhaps we ought to take note.
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