Knife crime is an issue we all face in the world. It is a persistent and worrying problem that especially effects the younger generation.
Firstly what is knife crime? Well according to law any offence that involves a knife or a sharp object can be classified as a knife crime. Knife crime which is the issue we have been looking at for the past few weeks may not seem like a huge problem but it is. Here are some figures presenting knife crime in the U.K.
[graph showing the increase in knife crime]
As you can see figures show that from 2010 to 2013 the number of knife crime offences have decreased. Then for a few years the number remains steady around 26000. But then suddenly from 2015 the figures started to increase. As of 2018 the knife crime offences reaches an all time high in the U.K with 40100 offences. I'm not sure about you but these are some pretty astonishing numbers. But why is that? Why has the number started to increase? Is there any pattern?and what's more is there something that can at least decrease the amount of knife crimes? Well let's find out.
More community and youth services
Research conducted by the YMCA published last month found that spending on youth services by English and Welsh councils has fallen by £750m between 2010/11 and 2016/17. Thus there is a pattern between the rise of knife crime and youth services. You might ask what is it? Well the less the government spends on youth service the more likely children's especially adolescents are likely to join gangs. This is one stereotype that is true. The reason is that as a lack of youth services gangs come along give the illusion of community and family when in reality they are just using you. Overall I can definitely knife crime decreasing with this solution but an obstacle the poses a challenge is government funding.
Children living in poverty
Statistics say that approximately 4.5 million children live in poverty in the U.K alone. This data could suggest, as a result of less government expenditures on youth services with the added cause of poverty, that children also join gangs for a bite of wealth. For a chance in the luxury life. But all that is just an illusion to attract you.
"Police officer numbers hit record low as reported crime rises by 14% in England and Wales". This is a headline I found online. When I read the article statistics suggested that as government expenditure on police has significantly decreased thus police jobs are not that common as they used to be. But even if the government adds more police jobs will we feel safe? As police has connotations such as crime study proves that people often don't like the idea of a high percentage of police.
In conclusion I just want to end in a last few words...
Gangs may seem cool at first
But the consequences are the worst
Sure you get money to spend
And everyone around you acts like your friend
But the truth is they use you
Because they know you don't have a clue
That soon your going to pay for their mistakes
And then you start to shake
Knife crime becomes a part of you
Stuck to you like glue
But you could avoid all that
Just join the right side
And you will be free to glide
To your future
It isn't just enough to stand up and say big things. The difference is people who don't solve issues by speaking but by rather do something about it.