New crime figures for the year ending September 2018 have revealed a rise in violent crime, a worrying trend that is still continuing.
Figures from the Office for National Statistics reveal a 17% increase in robbery offences, a 14% increase in the number of homicides and a 15% increase in the number of admissions to hospitals in England for assaults involving a sharp instrument.
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There was a 10% increase in thefts or unauthorised taking of a motor vehicle and an 8% increase in police recorded offences involving knives or sharp instruments.
Helen Ross, from the Office for National Statistics Centre for Crime and Justice, has said: “Burglary, shoplifting and computer misuse are decreasing but others, such as vehicle offences and robbery are rising.
“We have also seen increases in some types of ‘lower-volume, high-harm’ violence including offences involving knives or sharp instruments.”
Whilst not all crime is going up, violent crime is clearly running out of control. We need more police on the streets, more stop and search and harsher punishments for dangerous criminals.