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New year arrives but there is no let up in knife crime

New year arrives but there is no let up in knife crime
02/01/2009

New year arrives but there is no let up in knife crime Wednesday 2nd January 2008

There were 28 youth fatalities arising from knife or gun crime in London alone during 2007, with many other deaths and woundings New year arrives but there is no let up in knife crime

There were 28 youth fatalities arising from knife or gun crime in London alone during 2007, with many other deaths and woundings around the UK resulting from stabbings or shootings.

With several intitiatives launched during 2007 to help tackle the problem, it was hoped that 2008 would see a decline in this type of crime, but within the first 24 hours of the new year, there have already been fatal stabbings reported in London and Leicester, as well as reports of various non fatal stabbings from around the country.

Statistically, the most likely persons to be involved in such incidents are; black youths, primarily male, between the ages of 15 and 20, but obviously as 2007 proved, no one is immune from the threat.

It would seem that there is an element of our society that for whatever reason, is unwilling to bin their weapons and feel it an acceptable risk to carry lethal knives or guns on our streets. The governments "Zero Tolerance" rhetoric sounds tough, but if those found carrying a gun or knife are only going to be sentenced to a few hours community service, is it really surprising that thugs don't feel that to be a major deterrent?

In straw polls around the country, time and again, results indicate that the vast majority of the UK population want to see an end to the continuing violence. So perhaps it is time for the government to stop talking tough and actually start acting tough, ...to support the police and those dedicated individuals from and working within the "most at risk communities" to make a difference.

There are unlikely to be any instant solutions, so in the meanwhile each of us needs to do what we can to reduce the risk to us. For clubs, pubs, event organisers, etc., there are a number of low cost search and detection products than can be used to scan persons entering their premises, whilst there are a few obvious steps we can take as individuals to reduce our personal risk;

for further information on knife and gun crime / reducing your personal risk visit;

http://www.insight-security.com/facts-knife-crime-stats.htm

for details of scanning aids visit;

http://www.insight-security.com/metaldec.htm

to buy on line visit;

http://www.insight-direct.co.uk/shop/listgroup.asp?Group=12

This message was added on Wednesday 2nd January 2008

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