Previously, in the Burnet news club, we have been given some very interesting questions that i was intrigued about. Some of the questions I will be covering today will involve: Are criminals born or made? Is there victimless crimes? Why is knife crime increasing? And lastly, why would a young person decide to join a gang? These questions made me wonder if i could get the correct answer, so today i will be gathering some evidence to support my opinion.
Today we will be discussing why knife/ property crime is increasing:
Firstly, what is knife/ property crime? Many people have different beliefs as to what knife crime is and how it affects others however the definition is: ‘’Criminal offences committed using a weapon (knife, gun etc.)’’
To begin with, whilst violent crime is decreasing, knife and property crime is doing the opposite. To start with, there are many different types of weapons you could use for property crime such as knifes, guns, sharp instruments, firearms and many more. Over time, knife crime has been increasing, (Statistics show that offences including knifes has risen by over 11% over the same period.) Now this made me question, why has knife crime risen? There were many results involving property crime, but the main result was that knifes especially are very accessible. This also made me wonder, if guns are accessible as well as in America you can buy and sell guns. By accessible, knifes are found everywhere whether that be in a shop or in a warehouse, you are guaranteed to find a knife. This makes it easier for criminals to buy knifes and commit crimes. Critics argue that, knifes shouldn’t be sold everywhere however they also argue the purpose of the use of the knife. By this I mean, they must argue whether you are using the knife for legal purposes instead of not abiding by the law. It is very difficult to determine what someone is going to do with the weapon. In many knife crime situations, there have been many people who have tried to plead innocent despite using the weapon against its purpose. It is illegal to carry any knife, even if your motive was to use it for a legal purpose. The police are now allowed to arrest you if they find you in possession of a knife. However, the government has introduced a law that you must be over 18 in order to buy a knife. Many statistics show that, young people used to buy knives in order to feel safe, or if something did happen, they could use it in order to protect themselves. Young people are usually arrested for knife crime and there are many reasons why, such as if the young person is in a gang, they may be pressured to use a knife in order to please the other members. On the other hand, if young people are introduced to knife crime they may be influenced and use a knife due to their wellbeing and how they were brought up. Furthermore, graphs show that in the year 2011, using a sharp object for murder was the most popular option.
Amongst accessibility, there are many reasons as to why someone would murder someone with a knife or a weapon. In crime cases, they must value the motive and relationship. There are many reasons as to why someone might want to hurt/ murder someone else. For example, two or more people could be having a dispute and they are all impacted negatively so one or more of them could try to murder them as they have had a disagreement. Previously, I have discussed some biological components of criminals so it could be the same with criminals involved in knife crime. Within knife crime, we also must look at the media representations of knife crime to see how the newspapers and companies view knife crime. The media portrays knife crime as terrible and unlawful, however this made me wonder if there is more detail to what they are saying. From a recent burnet news club video, I saw that mostly black men and women were both accused and murdered due to knife crime. According to data, around 75% of knife crime fatalities were from people with white backgrounds. So therefore, the evidence from both sites contradict each other. However, on a few of the famous newspapers (The guardian, the economist and the sun.) knife crime was based in London. For example, the news article ‘’ Irresponsible reporting of knife crime 'alienating young people'’ suggests that only two out of the nine people accused in London are black. So, I assume that it depends on which area you are in rather than what ethnicity you are. Another reason for knife crime increasing is that there have been police budget cuts which essentially means that the police do not have enough money to deal with the amount of crime that is happening now.
Websites I have used: Criminology book by Tim Newburn, https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/compendium/focusonviolentcrimeandsexualoffences/yearendingmarch2016/offencesinvolvingtheuseofweapons, https://www.theguardian.com/membership/2017/mar/28/irresponsible-reporting-of-knife-alienating-young-people and https://www.burnetnewsclub.com/issues/violent-crime/the-discussion/video-discussion-violent-crime-behind-headlines/.