Couple of pointers from the Sunday Times today:
Home Office statistics show a crime with knives happens every four minutes.
About a third of murders are committed with knives - a figure barely changed for decades. But the age of people carrying and using them has come down from 19-25 into mid-teens.
From surveys, three main reasons hoodlums carry blades:
- For crime
- For protection (85% say this)
- Have to do it to belong to a gang
- visible presence
- consistent response
Important then that society unites against knife carriers and makes an impression to drive down knife crime statistics to much safer levels, in tandem with police action. Come on, let's go do it...