London Mayor Sadiq Khan put 300 more police on the streets this month and threatened all knife-wielders, whether they’ve assaulted anyone or not, with “the full force of the law.” London has banned carrying a knife in public without “good reason” for years.
London saw more murders in February and March than New York City (37 vs. 32), for apparently the first time, reports Reason.com. This has led to calls for both heavier policing and social media censorship. London’s murder number total for 2018 so far is now over 53 (vs. 130 total in 2017), with at least 35 from stabbing, and its murder rate over the past three years has gone up nearly 40 percent. The comparison between London and New York is less about London becoming a hellhole and more about New York City becoming amazingly less of one. In 1990, New York had 2,245 murders. While London relied more on racially unbalanced stop-and-frisk searches to cope with crime, New York has found that curtailing those practices, has not, despite law-and-order fears, led to increasing crime.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has sent 300 more police on the streets this month and threatened all knife-wielders, whether they’ve assaulted anyone or not, with “the full force of the law.” (London has banned carrying a knife in public without “good reason” for years.) For many Londoners, carrying a knife in a dangerous city is an understandable matter of self-defense. Some in London believe that a stronger public health/social services approach to curbing violent crime (which some claim helped cut Glasgow’s murder rate in half from 2005 to 2015) might work where more policing might not. Others blame a national-level lowering in police funding and staffing for the rising murder numbers. But the relation between policing efforts and British crime is by no means clear-cut. According to The Guardian, a leaked report on policing and crime from the U.K.’s Home Office says that it was unlikely that “lack of deterrence” was the catalyst for the rise in serious violence. “Forces with the biggest falls in police numbers are not seeing the biggest rises in serious violence.”