UK Crime Statistics Hit Record High

Tougher laws are in place for those caught carrying knives, but up to 72 people are being threatened or attacked with knives each day:

Alarmingly, the number of offenses has soared by nearly 1,500 since the year before -- a six per cent hike. Official police figures show last year's knife crimes include 250 attempted murders and 7,500 cases of wounding with intent. Cops also recorded 1,800 grievous bodily harm offenses and 13,600 robberies of personal property at knifepoint. There were also 3,300 robberies of business property. But the figures do not include more than 250 fatal stabbings -- or thousands of more minor knife offenses.

With a continuing failing economy, and statistics like this, one has to wonder if this is just the start of a period of great violence in the UK Attempts by the decade-old Labour government to tackle "the causes of crime" -- as Tony Blair put it -- have obviously failed miserably and the UK is clearly more violent than it was under the previous Conservative government.

Measures like taking knife carriers to hospitals to see victims have clearly not worked. And it's clear that the Anti-Social Behavior Order (restraining orders against young adults who are known troublemakers) of the Labour government has done nothing to quell the violence.

The breakdown of law and order, with its ensuing feeling of helplessness, led to the huge increase in support for the neo-Nazi BNP over the last few years, both at the local and European level. Their tough policies on crime seem to attract those in areas where even the police are wary of entering to deal with the problems.

The question now is whether or not an incoming Conservative government can do anything to stem the tide of violence and lawlessness. But they appear to be backing away from promises. In the face of a brutal murder, Conservative leader David Cameron harped on the usual "social causes" rather than help the victims. As have his colleagues.

A Conservative commenter was less ambiguous:

If a criminal breaks into your home, business, or tries to mug you in the street you should be allowed to use ANY force to defend yourself and family without ending up being thrown in a police cell and being charged with assault. ... The current laws lead to an unholy conspiracy between criminals and the police. ... If the criminal doesn't get you because you successfully defend yourself, the police will get you because you are an easy target plus it annoys their public sector DNA that a member of the public can take care of criminals without them.

Law and order will be a huge issue come the next election. These are troubling times in Albion.