The STA Foundation

Knife Crime

What is knife crime?

Knife crime is a criminal offence committed that involves a knife. This could be any of the following:

  • Carrying a knife
  • Using a knife to cause someone harm
  • Attempting to buy a knife if you’re under 18 years of age
  • Threatening someone with a knife

The police have a right to search you if they think you may be carrying a knife.

The effects knife crime:

  • Prison – you could be sentenced to 4 years in prison for carrying a knife.
  • Family and friends – the emotional and mental stress on family and friends could bear negative consequences for them.
  • Criminal record – you would have a criminal record for carrying a knife even if you did not use it.
  • Loss of life – if a knife is used, this could lead to the loss of someone else’s life and even the loss of your own life.
  • Employment – in the future, a criminal record may inhibit the chances of you being employed.
  • Travel – countries like Canada and the USA may not allow people with a criminal record into their country.

How can The STA Foundation help?

We will deliver a talk and a presentation at your organisation informing the recipients about knife crime, its dangers, who they can speak to and where help can be obtained.

Call us on freephone 0800 038 9807 or email on info@thestafoundation.org

What are the causes for knife crime?

  • Home life – a turbulent home life where a child or young person is exposed to violence or forms of abuse may lead them to knife crime.
  • School life – being bullied at school may instigate a child or young person to turn to picking up a knife. Those with special education needs are vulnerable therefore can be influenced by knife crime.
  • Neighbourhoods – a child or young person from a deprived neighbourhood, where there is a lack of opportunity and where crimes are common, can resort to knife crime.
  • Social activities – violent computer games and films can spark aggression and violence in children and young people.
  • Children or young people being afraid of becoming victims – this is instigating children and young people to carry knives as they do not want to be a stab victim. They see it as defending and protecting themselves.
  • Lack of trust in authorities to protect – young people are losing faith in authorities to protect them so in turn are carrying knives to protect themselves. A huge loss of financial injection into youth centres and policing have contributed to this.

Knife crime statistics

  • In about 2 out of every 5 killings, the victim is fatally assaulted with a sharp object or stabbed to death. The number of knife related deaths fell from 272 in 2007 to 186 in 2015. Since then it’s risen every year, with a steep increase in 2017-2018, when there were 285 killings, the highest figure since 1946.
  • One in four victims were men aged 18-24.
  • Out of the 44 police forces, 43 recorded a rise in knife crime since 2011. (18th July 2019 – source BBC news)
  • The number of offences involving a knife or sharp instrument increased from just over 41,000 in the year to June 2018 to just over 44,000 in the last 12 months (17th October 2019 – source BBC news)