Following the revelation that only one in 10 London knife robberies was solved by police last year, leftist Mayor Sadiq Khan addressed the crime problem, imploring the public to assist in policing the city.
New data released by London’s Metropolitan Police revealed a decline in the number of successful investigations into knife crime cases in the city in 2017, while the number of recorded attacks surged.
Breitbart reported, “The so-called ‘sanction-detection rate’ for knife robbery crimes, those that end in some form of sanction or conviction, has been falling since 2015, with Mr. Khan taking over in early 2016.”
According to data obtained via a Freedom of Information request by Conservative London Assembly Members, police took action on 32 percent of knife violence cases in 2015. In 2016, that number dropped to 27 percent, and fell to 23 percent in 2017.
In 2017, police acted on 11 percent of cases of robberies involving a knife, down from 20 percent of cases in 2015, and 14 percent in 2016.
The statistics were revealed at a meeting of the Assembly’s Police and Crime Committee Wednesday by Tory London Assembly Member Tony Arbour, who questioned why police were following Sadiq’s “political line” of blaming cuts instead of addressing the issue.
Arbour inquired whether “the real reason why violent crime is increasing on London’s streets is the increasing belief that perpetrators will get away with it?”
Sophie Linden, Khan’s deputy mayor for policing and crime, replied by concurring that it “must make a difference,” but noted that police were pursuing the same number of criminals as the number of offenses increased.
Assistant Commissioner Martin Hewitt, the head of territorial policing for the Met, acknowledged that there had been a “very significant increase” in violent crime in 2017 and there was “far too much knife violence.” Even so, Hewitt contended that the crime rate was “stabilizing.”
A Weekend in Khan’s London: Man ‘Shot in Face,’ Woman ‘Slashed in Face’, Attempted Knife Murder https://t.co/506b16gqYe
— Breitbart London (@BreitbartLondon) June 3, 2018
Kahn released a video statement regarding the knife crime wave via Twitter on Wednesday, blaming it on a lack of resources. Kahn has previously made a similar claim, which has been widely challenged.
Violent crime has been rising nationally, but my team will support the police and carry on doing everything we can to tackle it. pic.twitter.com/wj1mWDo886
— Mayor of London (@MayorofLondon) June 6, 2018
“Londoners have responsibility, too,” Kahn said in a statement. “We’ve got to be the eyes and ears of the police – if you see something that you think is a criminal event, ring 999. We’ve got to help the police do their job in these difficult circumstances, keeping us safe.”