Metropolitan police figures from 2019 showed that “half of all knife crime offenders in London are teenagers or even younger children”, including 8% being aged just ten to fourteen. Of course, young people are not always necessarily the perpetrator or the victim of knife crime in London, but as knife crime continues to rise consistently, the number of young people directly or indirectly involved in violent knife crime will only continue to grow.
Many young people will know someone who carries a knife, someone who has been stabbed, or someone who is themselves a perpetrator of knife crime. Whilst 99% of young people in the UK do not carry a knife, apparently, 1% do which doesn’t sound like much but actually equates to about 10,000 people in London alone!
This can be for a variety of reasons including intimidation, to earn respect, and primarily for self-protection. Many young people who carry a knife do not intend to use it, yet statistics show that if you carry a knife you are more likely to be hurt, sometimes by your own weapon.