The London knife crime epidemic

The number of teenagers killed in London during 2021 hit an all-time high at 30,
surpassing the previous peak of 29 in 2008 and the highest number recorded in the last
18 years.

 

Of these, 28 homicides were directly related to knife crime.

Take a look at our updated London Knife Crime Map which plots each of these 28
homicides from 2021:

MapAid’s London Knife Crime Map

 

During 2019-2020 MapAid produced a London Knife Crime Map highlighting the increased incidence of crime, specifically knife crime, with the ONS Index of Multiple Deprivation.

 

While the underlying causes of knife crime and individual situations are complex, of the 7 domains that comprise the ONS Index of Multiple Deprivation, the top 3 of these contributing to over 50% of the composition of the index, in essence, can be boiled down to opportunity, namely:

 

  1. Income
  2. Employment
  3. Education

 

We assembled a series of 12 bitesize vlogs with Theo Sergiou , London’s representative in the UK Youth Parliament, to discuss all things youth. These vlogs touch on topics such as knife crime, gang culture, youth unemployment, and apprenticeships.

 

Check out the vlogs on our YouTube channel here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmEQBImGT3PD1ZK4iMmFMeQ/videos?view=0

 

Metropolitan Police – Stop Knife Crime

 

Tackling knife crime is a priority for the police; whether you want to find out how you can help yourself, your friends or family you’ll find practical help and advice on these pages.

 

https://www.met.police.uk/StopKnifeCrime

What next?

 

At Global MapAid, we produce maps like the London Knife Crime Map in order to visually illustrate where aid is needed most. But further to that, we want to map solutions and, crucially, where there are gaps in solutions. Using our maps we want to work with local governments, councils and the private sector to resolve the problems which we have highlighted!

 

If so, please get in touch and we will be happy to discuss your ideas.

 

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