The ‘Why’s’ of Knife Crime
The ‘Why’s’ surrounding Knife Crime
Why do people carry Knives? Do they feel scared? Pressured? Why is Knife Crime an issue? It shouldn’t be. Hearing stories through people and events has inspired us to look deeper into it. We know it’s impossible to put an end to but, by spreading the word together, we can at least try to prevent it. Knife Crime is a growing concern and puts a whole new level of pressure on young people.
It has risen 22% since last year in England and Wales and is currently at its highest level since 2010. Statistics that have been released show that two thirds of offences are possession of blade, and three quarters of offenders are being convicted for the first time. In the year ending March 2018, there were 21,044 disposals given for possession of a knife or offensive weapon; young people aged between 10-17 made up 21% of it.
Why might people carry knives?
- Some young people are easily influenced which can lead to multiple things. It’s easy to give into peer pressure, and for them to live a life where getting stopped by the Police isn’t enough for them to give up the lifestyle they live. They may feel like the gang life provides them with things they’re missing such as friendship, support and ‘care’. It’s easy to get roped in when you’re part of a group, and harder to get yourself out of.
- When researching why people carry knives, I came across an article which was written by a young male and how his experience of knife crime has affected his outlook. His father was stabbed fatally when he was only 3 years old and therefore left without a Dad. It is understandable that that would make anyone think twice, and his reason for carrying a knife was that you never know who else is walking around with one, and there’s always that risk that someone could pull one out on you. Whilst he claimed he would only use it if someone tried to harm him, he is still carrying it on him and putting himself and others at risk. The increase of deaths by knives increases the amount of people carrying one for protection.
What are the consequences of carrying a Knife?
The consequences outweigh the risks massively. Just by carrying a knife you are risking so much including time in prison, being a victim of crime, and ending up in hospital with fatal injuries or even worse. The effects can be life changing to you, your friends, and your family.
- Carrying a knife can mean 4 years in prison, even if you don’t use it
- You can get a criminal record just for carrying it
- Someone could use your own weapon on you if you’re carrying one
- It is a serious offence that will affect your future
Carrying a knife can turn a bad situation into an even worse one. It can escalate things to the point where you and find yourself or someone close to you in serious danger. Putting down the knife will make you safer, believe it or not, and will give you a chance of becoming the person you want and achieving your goals. Don’t let the knife stand between that.