According to the last census, the South Wales region is home to 358,208 people aged 10-29.
In the years since the census, 1,804 individuals in that age group have been found in possession of a bladed article. This works out at 0.5% of the population.
It’s impossible for police to know about every person carrying a knife. However, when combined with other data sources, we can estimate that around 1% of young people carry a knife in the South Wales region.
This means the overwhelming majority of young people do not carry a knife, and knife crime in South Wales remains relatively rare. Any knife crime incident is one too many.
Home Office supported by British Crime Survey:
One in 100 children said they had carried a knife for their own protection in the last year.
Violence Prevention Unit and South Wales Police:
From 1 January 2009-present: 1804 ‘possession of bladed article crimes’ committed by unique offenders between 10-29. The population in that age bracket for South Wales Police is 358,208. That gives 0.5% of the young population of South Wales have carried a knife in the past decade or so.
From the last financial year: From those searched aged 10-29, 85 out of 7,007 searched were found carrying a knife (1.2%). Those stop searched are based on officers needing reasonable grounds to suspect they would find the item.
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