Knife crime has risen throughout years in an increase in the number of youths carrying knives
Statistics show that the percentage of knife crime/ gun crime incidents have risen to 80 per cent. Even the number of youths found to be holding a knife has increased. In the capital, London seems to have the most cases of stabbings in their area, with 2 or more stabbings everyday. Calling all youths, if you are carrying a weapon, it is that single knife that is losing innocent people's lives. Knife crime is targeting mostly youths and forces youths to become part of a gang. The streets are becoming not safe anymore. Statistics show that 65 per cent of people who carry knives have their weapons used against them. 10 per cent of 11-12 year olds and 24 per cent of 15 and 16 year olds said they had carried a weapon in the past year. One in five 16 year old boys admitted attacking someone intending to hurt them seriously with a knife. In 2004, figures show how knife crime and the number of stabbings is becoming a serious issue. In 2004, more than twenty teenagers died as a result of knife attacks in the UK. Thats almost one teenager every two weeks. A survey, shows that up to 60,000 young people mostly male may be stabbed and injured each year .The equivalent of more than 160 victims a day, according to a worst-case estimate for knife violence in England and Wales. The figure may be around 22,000 each year for victims aged 10 - 25-year-old.