You may have read that the Metropolitan police (London) has recorded a 40% increase in gun and knife crime – this is obviously causing real concern.
Some have argued that the reason for this increase has something to do with the decrease in police numbers (implemented by Teresa May when she was Home Secretary – 143,770 officers – 2009 compared to 122,859 in 2016. This is why Labour have pledged 10,000 extra officers as part of their campaign pledge.
However, as usual, a little digging beneath the headlines reveals a less shocking reality:
– The gun crime stats are still much lower than in 2004 for example – in 2004, gun crime stood at 24,094 incidents a year, the figure was 5,864 in 2016.
Indeed, the Office for National Statistics states that the crime levels are largely steady in much of England and Wales