London Knife Crime by Borough 2007 to 2012
21 out of 32 London boroughs saw increases in knife crime offences from the 2010-11 financial year to the end of the 2011-12 financial year leading to a continuation of the four year upward trend. The greatest percentage increases (over +20%) occurred in Redbridge, Merton, Hillingdon, Richmond, Lambeth, Islington. Moderate reductions (better than -10%) have occurred in Enfield and Wandsworth.
Lambeth with 1006 knife crime offences in 2011-12, a 28.8% increase (additional 187 offences) over the year, now has the highest level of knife crime in London, with Southwark coming the second highest with 961 knife crime offences.
While the level of stabbings – knife offences that have led to injury – has remained relatively unchanged with a 4% decrease from 2010-11 (4,133 offences) to 2011-12 (3,970 offences); it is likely that the 10% increase in personal robbery from 2010-11 (32,848 offences) to 2011-12 (36,138 offences) contributed to the increases in overall knife crime offences, as knives are regularly used to threaten and intimidate robbery victims.
Table of London Knife Crime Offences by Borough 2007 – 2012
|BOROUGH||Knife Crime 2007-08||Knife Crime 2008-09||Knife Crime 2009-10||Knife Crime 2010-11||Knife Crime 2011-12
% change over yr
|Barking and Dagenham||384||354||397||391||461 (+17.9%)|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||372||277||304||307||286 (-6.8%)|
|Kensington and Chelsea||194||185||150||159||167 (+5%)|
|Kingston upon Thames||133||137||116||101||106 (+5%)|
|Richmond upon Thames||109||75||97||80||100 (+25%)|
|Tower Hamlets||556||481||433||496||630 (+27%)|
|Waltham Forest||631||545||618||625||603 (-3.5%)|
|TOTAL per financial year||14192||12347||12617||13326||14170 (+6.3%)|
source MPS 2012.
Knife Crime: All offences of Murder, attempted murder, threats to kill, manslaughter, infanticide, wounding or carrying out an act endangering life, GBH without intent, ABH and other injury, sexual assault, rape, robbery where a knife or sharp instrument (defined as any instrument that can pierce the skin) has been used.
Simple possession is excluded (For example, when a police search results in a discovery of possession of a weapon). Please note: data includes where a knife was ‘threatened but not seen’ from April 2008 onwards.