How knife crime, rapes and petty thefts all explode in the summer months


KNIFE crime, rapes and petty thefts all explode in the summer months, it was revealed today.

Longer evenings and warmer temperatures saw a huge rise in street crime – sparking fears about the rest of this summer.

Crime, including violent attacks, rape and bike thefts, increase in the summer months
Crime, including violent attacks, rape and bike thefts, increase in the summer months

Analysis of crime data by The Sun Online has uncovered how thousands more rapes, assaults and violent injury – including knife crime – were recorded last summer than in the winter months.

With this year due to be the hottest since 1976, and a violent crime epidemic sweeping the country, it sparked fears the picture could look even worse for 2018.

Patrick Green of the Ben Kinsella Trust said: “The fear is that the horrendous knife crime, murders and stabbings this year will increase over the summer period.

“As schools break up, and as more young people are out on the street, there’s a real worry we may see an increase on what has already been a terrible year.”

Violent crime has increased by 22,000 from the 2017's winter months to the summer months
Violent crime has increased by 22,000 from the 2017’s winter months to the summer months
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Overall there were an extra 70,000 crimes committed over the summer than over the winter last year, with violent attacks up 34,000.

Mr Green said the summer months generally saw an increase in crime due to the longer days and warmer weather.

He added: “With brighter evenings and nicer weather, people tend to be out more and for any number of reasons, that seems to increase the level of criminality.”

According to analysis of official crime stats, more than 2,000 more rapes were reported in the summer months last year a rise of nine per cent.

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Fresh figures released yesterday showed another shocking increase in the number of crimes reported to the police.

Excluding those killed in terror attacks including London Bridge, Westminster and Manchester, there was still a 12 per cent rise in murders – the highest numbers in a decade.

The total number of offences involving a knife or bladed instrument that have been recorded by cops in the year to March 2018 rose to 40,147, a seven-year-high.

There was also a two per cent spike in the number of gun-related crimes too – that is now at 6,492.

The figures revealed there was a 30 per cent rise in robberies to 77,103 last year, combined with a six per cent hike in burglaries too – to 437,537.

Last year’s data showed a hike in robberies and thefts committed on mopeds across London.

Assaults was a similar story, with reported attacks rising by 22,000 – an increase of eight per cent.

Unsurprisingly the biggest jump came in bike thefts – as owners took advantage of the warm evenings to use their bicycles.

The rise of 15,200 – an extra 25 per cent – is set to be even higher this year.

Theft of motor vehicles also increased by 2,600 a near five per cent increase.

Britain’s crime crisis has been laid bare in new stats out today

Tory MP Philip Davies told The Sun Online the summer months were more likely to see criminals taking the opportunities they might not have over the winter.

“People have their windows wide open, doors open, and thieves will take advantage of that,” he said.

“When it’s freezing no one wants to be out,” he added. “Police forces should make sure they reflect these changes in the summer months.”

Yesterday, the latest statistics showed Britain’s crime crisis continues to worsen, as murders rose to their highest rate in ten years – and knife crime soared too.

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The homicide rate again grew today when a 24-year-old woman was today murdered in Lawless London after being attacked in a flat above her parents’ pizza shop.

The total number of offences involving knives nationwide went up 16 per cent in the 12 months to March 2018 to 40,147 – a seven-year-high.

And there was a 30 per cent rise in robberies to 77,103 last year, combined with a six per cent hike in burglaries too – to 437,537.


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