Britain hit by surge in violent crime: senior officers criticised for ignoring basics as gun and knife offences soar
Britain is in the grip of a sudden surge in violent crime, Scotland Yard warned yesterday, amid criticism of senior officers.
Following years of decline in gun and knife crime, the Metropolitan Police reported a leap in recorded offences in the capital, with gun crime rising by 42 per cent year on year and knife crime up by 24 per cent.
Sex offences, robberies and assaults also increased.
The force said the pattern was being repeated around the country and referred to “significant reductions in resources” in its official explanation of the figures.
It also blamed “increased demand” on its officers caused by issues including “child protection and mental health”.
...........But critics pointed out that in recent years the Met and other forces have together wasted tens of millions of pounds on high-profile pursuits of celebrities, journalists and politicians that went nowhere, and said resourcing must not be used as an “excuse”.
I have no doubt that cutting police funding has had an effect on the amount of crime. The time was when it was the first duty of a police officer to prevent crime, now it seems to be to try to keep up with it.
And of course, I have no doubt whatsoever that thousands of crimes are not recorded and acted upon. I think the fuss over 'stop and search' and the political correctness issue also plays a part.
The only answer in my opinion is minimum sentences for those found guilty of possessing weapons. 10 years for illegal possession of a firearm and 4 years for possession of a knife without good reason would be a good place to start.