The epidemic of violent crime in London
- So far in 2018, 78 murders have been recorded by the Met in London - more than double that of last year
- The murder rate is greater than New York and is causing wide scale public concern
- Half of all victims of knife crime are under 25 and there is a rise in the number of victims aged between 11 to 17.
- In the five years to March 2017, the number of admissions for stab wounds increased by 13% in England and 17% in London.
The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee wants answers to why this upsurge is happening, whether policing tactics are working and what can be done to keep Londoners safe.
Members of the committee want to hear from a range from those tackling violent crime on the front line be it on the streets, where police are facing criminality head on or hospital workers, paramedics and community groups who are dealing with the awful and tragic consequences of the rise of violent crime.
The committee will look at police tactics used to tackle violent crime and the causes of the rise of such crime. It will also examine the Mayor’s strategy and the effectiveness of schemes such as the social media and advertising campaigns and the knife detection wands being offered to schools across the capital. Finally, the investigation will look at alternative approaches and how they could work in London.