Thank you to the dozen of you who sent me this. I always appreciate tips, so please keep them coming to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would rather be tipped on something I have seen then miss something I hadn’t. And this one is obviously fairly significant. Due to a surge in homicides using knives, London’s murder rate passed that of NYC for the first time in February, and likely will have done so again in March when the final numbers come in.
From Evening Standard:
London’s murder rate has overtaken New York City’s for the first time ever, according to a new report.
February marked the first month the UK capital saw more murders than New York, with 15 dead (nine aged 30 or younger).
According to the report in the Sunday Times, London also suffered 22 fatal stabbings and shootings in March, higher than the 21 in the Big Apple.
Both cities have similarly sized populations of around 8.5m people. New York City’s murder rate has decreased by around 87 per cent since the 1990s.
Meanwhile, London’s has grown by nearly 40 per cent in just three years, not including deaths caused by terrorist attacks.
The Independent paints the situation as dire:
If the bloodshed continues at the same rate, more than 121 people will be stabbed to death in the capital by the end of the year, a dramatic 50 per cent increase on 2017…
…Fears are mounting over the resurgence of the so-called “postcode wars” that claimed dozens of lives in the past decade.
They saw territorial divisions between rival gangs brutally enforced across the capital, with victims unknowingly crossing invisible borders between postcodes or even smaller areas of specific streets or housing estates.
After 13 Londoners were killed in two weeks this month, Met police commissioner Cressida Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were partially to blame for the bloodshed.
Speaking to the Times, Dick said trivial disputes could escalate into violence “within minutes” when rivals set out to goad each other on the internet.
“There’s definitely something about the impact of social media in terms of people being able to go from slightly angry with each other to ‘fight’ very quickly,” she said.
She said that insults or threats online “makes [violence] faster, it makes it harder for people to cool down. I’m sure it does rev people up”.
I suppose that is better than blaming the knives. Or faking support for your anemic efforts.