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Crimes of Violence

Volume 475: debated on Tuesday 6 May 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what steps are being taken by her Department to encourage the public to report a greater proportion of knife crime to the police. (200543)

We are focusing considerable resources on highlighting the seriousness of knife crime. We will shortly be launching a public campaign to highlight to young people the risks of carrying knives.

We also support the work of Be Safe, who provide weapons awareness training to young people, and train others to deliver workshops on weapons.

CrimeStoppers are currently running a programme of outreach work, supported by the Home Office, which aims to encourage the reporting of crime, including knife crime.

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department how many crimes of violence against the person were recorded in the London borough of Bexley in each of the last five years. (203385)

The Home Office publishes statistics at Crime and Disorder Reduction Partnership (CDRP) area level. The number of offences of violence against the person for each of the last five years for the Bexley CDRP is available on the Home Office website at:

http://www.homeoffice.gov.uk/rds/pdfs08/cdrpog.xls