In a few days time I should have a set of figures telling us exactly what the size of the Knife Crime problem is across England and Wales.Â While Iâ€™m waiting for the last few miscreants to remember to send me some data, or protest that they donâ€™t have a Knife Crime problem, I thought I would plunder the Mayor of Londonâ€™s Data Store and draw some pretty pictures of the scale of weapons generally in our capital.
As the data goes back to 2008 I thought â€œwhy not nick it all?â€ look at the long term situation and how it might have changed.Â The categories covered everything from Dog Bites to Murder but I just concentrated on my current hobby horse and guns while I was at it.
As we all know, Sir Bernie Hogan-Who ordered a reduction in Stop and Search in London after the 2011 riots in order to try to build trust between the police and Londonâ€™s communities.Â Did that work?Â We shall see.
Knife and Gun Crime between 2008 and 2016 looks like this.Reasonably constant over 8-9 years, not a huge increase but certainly hasnâ€™t gone down much.
Contrast this with Stop and Search over the same period.
That has MOST DEFINITELY gone down
Because we can, why donâ€™t we have a look at staffing levels within the Met over that period.
Police Officers down a little bit, but noticeable drops in Specials, PCSOs and Police Staff.
Finally, total recorded crime, how much has that reduced?
A slight dip around 2012-2013 but most definitely on the way back up would you say?
Donâ€™t have nightmares, do sleep well.
Back soon with England and Wales Knife Crime figures.Â I bet you can hardly wait.