Gun crime and rape on the rise
But police claim offences in capital are at their lowest ‘in decades’
KNIFE crime, gun crime and rape is on the rise in London, despite a police claim that overall crime levels are at their lowest ‘in decades’.
Figures reveal there were 46 more knife crime offences, 77 more knife injuries and three more gun crimes in April to March 2015/16 compared with April to March 2014/15.
Violent crime in the capital is up by 5.4 per cent with more than 3,700 offences in the past financial year, according to the latest Metropolitan Police Service statistics, released on Friday April 15.
There were a total of 109 murders in 2015/16 – six more than the previous year – but the number is still lower than a spike in 2003 to 2004 when there were 211 cases.
The total number of all recorded sexual offences increased by 9.3 per cent on last year, with rape offences up by 8.85 and other serious sexual offences up by 9.5.
The positive effect of Operation Yewtree has also been a major factor in increased confidence of victims to come forward.
Domestic abuse rose by 10.6 per cent and racist and religious hate crime increased by 17.9.
The Met believes these increases are down factors such as improvements in crime recording, willingness of victims to report hate crime, world events, improved awareness of Met staff to identify these offences and support provided by more than 900 specialist hate crime investigators and its work with partners to support victims.
Police give the reason for the increase in violence against the person as ‘a more accurate recording of individual offences’.
Assistant Police Commissioner Helen King said: “London is a major, much visited, vibrant and growing capital city with diverse policing needs and is one of the safest global cities in the world.
“It is for this reason that people from other countries invest millions of pounds in London.
“There are not many capital cities in the world with such low rates of serious crime, such as murder and gun crime.
“The Met is continuing to work with partners, businesses and the public to reduce the number of offences taking place.
“We will continue to keep up our intensified focus on areas such as violence where we have seen a rise in recorded offences.
“We must not lose sight of the reductions we have achieved over the past five years.”