We’ve been hearing that more people are being murdered in London than New York, but is this really true?
A recent increase in knife crime meant February and March were the first ever monthsthat London had more suspected murders than New York.
Taking February the Met Police opened investigations into 15 deaths, compared to 11 in New York.
But it’s important to point out that London remains substantially safer overall.
Last year there were twice as many murders in New York than London.
And also none of these figures include terror attacks.
Now these suspected murders aren’t concentrated in one area you can see there’s a fairly even spread across London.
The red dots show those who were stabbed to death and the blue those who were shot.
Now let’s talk about the ages of those killed.
We’re hearing so much about the rise of youth gang violence, and it’s undeniably a big issue for the capital,but if we leave the teenagers killed on the map and remove all others
you’ll see that teenagers make up less than a quarter of the total.
Another key point is of the 50 killed many are thought to be domestic violence.
But the majority of violent crimes are almost, normal everyday people who do things that are very badand that’s what we’ve to get our head around.
And I think it’s hard for us as a society to get our heads around this normality of it.
It’s not some young black kid with his trousers down by his backside, you know, with a gun or a knife.
You know, that’s responsible for a majority of violent crimes in London or the country at large.