London Knife Crime by Borough 2007 to 2013
There has been a significant reduction (-19.7%) in reported knife crime offences from the financial year 2011-12 to 2012-13. With some boroughs notably: Lambeth, Westminster, Brent, Camden, Greenwich, Islington and Merton seeing reductions of over a third. Three London boroughs saw small knife crime offence increases, Croydon, Southwark and Barnet, with Southwark having the highest volume of knife crimes in a London Borough and Croydon the second highest volume.
Interestingly those boroughs that saw some of the greatest reductions in knife crime did not see any real improvement in Sanction Detections rates (police identifying or charging offenders) with only small increases in some cases and indeed a few decreases in sanction detection rates. Given the reduced number of police officers in London boroughs and the minimal year on years change in sanction detection rates; it does suggest that policing and crime detection activity has not really led to the significant drop in knife crime offences over the last year and other factors are probably in play.
Table of London Knife Crime Offences by Borough 2007 – 2013
|BOROUGH||Knife Crime 2007-08||Knife Crime 2008-09||Knife Crime 2009-10||Knife Crime 2010-11||Knife Crime 2011-12||Knife Crime 2012-13|
|Barking and Dagenham||384||354||397||391||460||320|
|Hammersmith and Fulham||372||277||304||307||286||209|
|Kensington and Chelsea||194||185||150||159||166||159|
|Kingston upon Thames||133||137||116||101||106||96|
|Richmond upon Thames||109||75||97||80||100||100|
|TOTAL per financial year||14192||12347||12617||13326||14169||11376 (-19.7%)|
source CitizensReportUK.org FOI to MPS 2013.
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.