Number of gun crimes in London 2010-2020

There were just over 1.95 thousand Gun Crime offences recorded in London 2019/20 the fewest amount for this type of crime since 2015/16. Compared with the previous year there were 432 fewer gun offences in 2019/20, but this is still far higher than the 1.79 thousand reported just three years earlier in 2015/16.

Knife crimes far more prevalent
The United Kingdom has some of the strictest gun laws in the world, resulting in relatively low levels of gun crime when compared to offences committed with knives or other sharp objects. The reporting year 2019/20 saw over 15.5 thousand knife crime offences committed in London, a peak for the period after 2010/11.

Comparisons with the United States
In 2017/18 only four percent of homicides in England and Wales were the result of shootings, compared with over 72 percent in the United States in 2017. Knives or other sharp instruments were involved in 39 percent of murders, making it the most common method of killing in England and Wales

Number of gun 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. This does not include the square mile covered by the City of London.

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