We have been commissioned by the Home Office to organise ROC Conversation community engagement events in areas where organised crime is high. By encouraging communities to be better connected, better informed and more resilient the opportunity for criminal activity decreases.
The statistics are harrowing and there is growing concern around the UK.
According to a BBC report, there were 43,516 knife crime offences in the 12 months ending March 2019. This is an 80% increase from the low-point in the year ending March 2014, when there were 23,945 offences, and is the highest number since comparable data was compiled.
These statistics do not include those from Greater Manchester Police because of data recording issues. So the number of knife crime incidents is likely to be much higher. Out of the 44 police forces, 43 recorded a rise in knife crime since 2011. In addition, there were a recorded 2,503 drug misuse deaths in 2017.
The Police have mapped 4,600 organised crime groups in the UK and 39,000 are known to be involved in gangs. With an estimated cost of £37 billion to the economy.
But what can be done?
In a recent radio interview about the increase in gun attacks in the US, Debra was asked about why communities are experiencing a rise in violent crime and spoke about what can be done.
Debra said ‘Society and the way people live has become increasingly more independent and a sense of belonging to a community has declined and therefore the need for our work is even more necessary’. By raising awareness in the community and encouraging agencies to work together, so much more can be achieved.