Violent crimes in England and Wales is rising

Police figures showing a 22% increase in knife crime and 11% rise in gun crime.

Violent crime is on the up. In the last year police recorded 39,598 offences involving a knife or sharp instrument. 22% increase compared with the previous year (32, 468) and is the largest jump ever recorded since 2010.

By the end of 2017, there were 688 homicides, including 35 people killed in terror attacks in London and Manchester.

There have been more then 60 murders in London since the start of this year. Amid a spate of stabbings and shooting that saw two teenagers shot dead in one night early this month.

According to the Office for National Statistics:


Burglary – 9% increase in police recorded offences (to 438,971)

There was no change in burglary measured by the Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW), but if the increase continues, we would expect this to show up in the survey in due course.

Computer misuse – 28% decrease in offences estimated by the CSEW (to 1,374,000)

Falls in computer misuse crimes were the main driver of the overall decrease in crime estimated by the CSEW. Reports to Action Fraud show an increase in computer misuse offences, but these data cannot be compared with the CSEW estimates as they reflect only a small fraction of all computer misuse and include offences against businesses.

Homicide – 9% increase in police recorded offences (to 653 – excluding terrorist attacks in London and Manchester and events at Hillsborough in 1989)

Robbery – 33% increase in police recorded offences (to 74,130)

Vehicle-related theft – a 16% increase was also seen in vehicle offences recorded by the police (to 452,683), continuing the rising trend seen over the last two years. Vehicle offences are thought to be relatively well reported by the public and well recorded by the police.

Violence – 22% increase in police recorded knife or sharp instrument offences (to 39,598 offences),  11% increase in police recorded firearms offences (to 6,604 offences).


The Labour MP said: “The only way we solve this is by a long-term commitment to a public health approach, and proper funding for police, youth services and communities.”

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