There were 259 killings (now documented) using a sharp object, including knives and broken bottles, in the year ending March 2019, accounting for 39 percent of all homicides—a drop from the 285 recorded in the year ending March 2018. These are preliminary data; full statistics will be released by the FBI in September 2020.
Almost one out of every 100 Americans was killed in knife attacks between 1980 and 2016, according to research published by the Harvard Injury Control Research Center. That's more than killed by guns or cars during that period.
The number of people killed by knives has declined over the past few decades, but the rate of decrease has slowed down. There were about 10,000 knife-related injuries reported to US hospitals in 2008--about 200 per 100,000 population.
What causes knife violence? Social factors such as poverty, unemployment, and poor education opportunities lead many young people to take part in criminal activities, including drug dealing and gang fighting. When they come into contact with law enforcement, they have no choice but to carry weapons because otherwise they won't be able to protect themselves.
Knife crimes can also be motivated by cultural factors. For example, there has been an increase in knife violence among members of the "goon" culture who participate in illegal sports like prison boxing and street fighting.
Offenses with knives or sharp devices in England and Wales increased 6% to 46,265 in the year to March 2020, a 51% increase from when similar records began in 2011, according to police data released on Friday by the UK's Office for National Statistics. The number of offenses involving guns also increased significantly, by 9% to 1,015.
The rise in knife crimes was led by increases in London where offenses with knives or sharp instruments rose by more than 20%, and Birmingham where they rose by 18%. Other cities where there were big rises include Liverpool, where offenses with knives or sharp instruments rose by 16%; Manchester, where they rose by 15%; and Sheffield, where they rose by 14%.
There have been several high-profile cases of people being killed with knives in recent years, including Jodie Chesney, who was stabbed to death in Surrey in February 2019. Her mother Carol said at the time that her daughter "was not given a chance to live her life". In January 2020, a man was fatally wounded in east London after an apparent argument over a phone box. Another man, believed to be in his twenties, was found with multiple stab wounds in Hackney earlier that same week.
In August 2019, two men aged 17 and 18 were fatally shot within hours of each other in Birmingham.
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In the year to September, there was a 7% increase in offences involving knives or sharp devices, including stabbings, according to official records. The police reported over 44,700 offenses in England and Wales, setting a new high, according to the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
The statistics also show that there were more than 1,000 reports of murder with a firearm or other weapon. This is the highest number since 2002 when records began. In total, there were nearly 3,000 murders recorded by the police in the year to September.
Knife crime has become a major concern for many people across the country. There have been several high-profile incidents in which individuals have been fatally wounded using knives or other cutting instruments. These include:
• Jodie Chesney, 15, was stabbed to death in Chelmsford, Essex, in February 2016. Antonio Sanchez was convicted of her murder and sentenced to life imprisonment.
• Daniel Whitworth, 17, was stabbed to death in Burnley, Lancashire, in August 2016. Michael Silvester had admitted killing him but denied that it was with a knife. He was sentenced to life imprisonment.
• Makarious Ford, 17, was stabbed to death in Birmingham in June 2017. His killer, Brandon O'Neil, was found not guilty of murder by reason of insanity.
Knife crime has hit a new high in England and Wales, prompting top officers to warn that the police cannot tackle a "epidemic" of violence on their own. That is the highest number since comparable figures were first collected in 2004.
The rise comes as the number of arrests for knife crimes has dropped for the third year running. From April 2016 to March 2017, the annual arrest figure fell by 4%, according to Home Office figures obtained by the BBC.
Chief Constable Phil Gawn says the increase in knife crime is a concern for all police services. "We know that this type of violent crime can have a huge impact on those who suffer it and their families," he said. "It's also difficult for police to investigate these crimes because they are often over within minutes, sometimes in an area where there may be few witnesses."
Gawn added: "Police can only do so much alone - we need the public's help too. That's why I've called on knife owners to think carefully before they carry one and why I've asked people not to put themselves in harm's way by using knives."