According to the survey of more than 350 16- to 24-year-olds, 30 per cent of young people now think it is okay to carry a knife.
Furthermore, 23 per cent said they would actually use one.
Police have launched a fight-back against knife crime in London as 150 officers took to the streets using stop-and-search powers to confront youths.
According to the British Crime Survey, knife-enabled crime (any crime involving a knife) over the past decade has remained stable at around 6-7% of all crime, comprising 30% of all homicides.
In fact, the most recent crime survey by the Metropolitan police showed that knife crime has actually dropped by 15.7% over the past two years, from 12,122 to 10,220 incidents.
No time to think this through at the moment, but I wonder if our fear of particular types of crime and the way they’re reported help develop rational and effective policy.