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Number of acid attacks in London 2012-2017

Number of corrosive fluid attack offences recorded by the London Metropolitan Police from 2012 to 2017*

by Daniel Clark, last edited Aug 9, 2019
Number of acid attacks in London 2012-2017 In the space of a few years the number of acid attacks in London increased from just 77 in 2012 to 495 in 2017. Although overall crime in London has also risen in a similar time period, this type of attack has grown at a far more rapid rate. Most acid attacks in 2017 were committed by young men against other young men, while many of the targets are people riding mopeds.
Links with moped crime
Once moped riders have been incapacitated by acid attackers, their often have their mopeds stolen, which are then used to commit further crimes. In fact, moped crime has risen much more dramatically than acid attacks, reaching over 23 thousand offences in 2017, which when compared with 2013 represents an increase of more than 22 thousand.

Violent crime in the capital
A broader look at other offences in London shows that it has increased in several important categories. The reporting year 2017/18 saw an increase of 53 homicides, and over 2.6 thousand knife crime offences compared with 2016/17.
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Number of corrosive fluid attack offences recorded by the London Metropolitan Police from 2012 to 2017*

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