With knife crime rising continuously to record-breaking levels, it has become more eminent to protect yourself and not become a victim to such vicious crimes. Rising knife crimes can be due to major police budget cuts, gang violence and high levels of drug intake. There is also less ‘stop and search’ from police officers, which may have led to such high crimes.
Why are more people carrying knives?
- Due to the rise of more drug networks and drug dealing
- Gang affiliation – individuals tend to carry weapons for protection and status
- Protection – with rising threat and crime levels, people are carrying weapons for self-protection
- Peer pressure – many young people are persuaded to carry knives due to its glamorisation, media attention, exploitation and coercion.
What is the Law?
If anyone over the age of 18 is found in possession of a knife, they will automatically stand before the court. However, young individuals under 18 will be referred to the Youth Offending Team.
What to do in case of a knife attack?
1. Stay calm
If someone with a weapon approaches you or threatens you, try your best to deescalate the situation. Remain calm, vigilant and relaxed.
2. Try and understand who you are dealing with
There are different types of attackers, and different situations in which a knife may be in use. For instance, the attacker may be mentally unstable, or under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
3. Ask the attacker what they want
If someone has attacked you for theft purposes, they will ask you for your valuables. Although this may be difficult to do, the best course of action is to give up your possessions immediately. Secondly, if the attacker is looking to fight, try de-escalating the situation and letting them know you have no interest in violence.
If the assailant seems mentally unstable or intoxicated, then the situation is highly dangerous, as their behaviour will be unpredictable. The best solution is to stay calm and slowly move away from them.
4. Ask for help
If you are in a public place, the best option is to ensure you make noise and escape from a knife attack very quickly. Victims need to ensure they use their voice to communicate they are being attacked and need help. This will help alert the public around you and may deter the attacker from viciously attacking anyone.
5. Inform the police
Once you have escaped the situation or if the attacker is at a safe distance from you – the police need to be informed immediately. This will help protect the general public and allow the police to prevent the aggressor from harming anyone else.
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