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Number of knife crimes in London 2010-2020

In 2019/20 the number of knife crime offences recorded in London reached almost 15.6 thousand, an increase of around 5.8 thousand offences compared with 2015/16. This rise reversed the trend of decreasing knife crime offences recorded between 2011/12 and 2014/15, which saw a reduction of knife crime offences from just over 14 thousand to under 9.7 thousand.

A wider trend

The increase in knife crime witnessed in London has occurred alongside a general increase in overall knife crime throughout England and Wales. While there are certainly multiple reasons for this disturbing trend, both police funding and officer numbers are important factors.

Acid and moped attacks

While knife crime in London has certainly been given a lot of attention by the British media, the increase in acid and moped attacks during the same time period have also generated many headlines. In 2017 for example there were 465 acid attacks recorded by the Metropolitan Police, compared with just 77 in 2012. Moped crime has seen a decrease when compared to acid attacks, rising from just over 9 thousand offences in 2016 to just 6.74 thousand in 2019.

Number of knife crimes recorded in London from 2010/11 to 2019/20

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Release date

April 2020


United Kingdom (England)

Survey time period

April 1. 2010 to March 31, 2020

Supplementary notes

* Figures from the Metropolitan Police. These do not cover the square mile covered by the City of London.

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