London has overtaken New York City’s murder rate for the first time in history as the capital overtook New York has been worrying surge of stabbings.
According to the British publication in March, there had been 22 killings in London versus 21 in New York. A massive decline in crime has helped to transform New York City: In 1990, 2.245 people were murdered. Last year, however, that number dropped nearly 90 percent to 290 murders.
London also has almost three times the number of reported rapes, although differences in the way the figures are recorded is thought to impact on the overall statistics.
London has endured a significant increase in knife crime, with 15 dying in February, nine of whom were aged 30 or younger. Meanwhile 14 were killed in the Big Apple.
Soaring levels of knife crime has helped the UK capital outstrip New York in terms of murders for the last two months running.
Sunday Times reports that, 15 people were murdered in London, against 14 in New York. Both cities are very diverse with large populations: London has over 8.7 million residents to New York’s 8.5 million.
A murder probe was launched on Saturday after a 36-year-old woman was killed in the 30th incident of fatal knife crime in London this year.
The total number of murders in London has fluctuated over the years, but it’s risen by 38 percent since 2014. The Sunday Times reports that FBI data and crime studies show that since 1800 London has typically had a murder rate per person of between half and a 20th of New York’s. Including January, London still has fewer murders so far this year 45 against 55 and its total in 2017 was also lower. But the gap has narrowed in recent years.
Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were partially to blame for the bloodshed, the Evening Standard reports. Deadly stabbings in England and Wales are now at their highest levels since 2011, rising by 12 percent in the year ending December 2017.
spokesperson for the Metropolitan Police told The Independent.“London remains one of the safest cities in the world, ”The Met is concerned at the increase in murders in London, and specialist detectives from the Met’s Homicide and Major Crime Command are investigating.
The gap has been narrowing in recent years with the experts crediting the NYPD’s zero- tolerance neighbourhood policing model with driving down the homicide rate from a high of around 2,000 in 1990 to some 230 last year. telegraph report”.