It was reported today that there has been a 50% reduction in knife and gun crime in Birmingham thanks to the Police force and Community groups.
According to the latest figures gun crime has dropped from 798 (in 2003) to 298 and knife crime has dropped from 2,202 to 1,111 over a ten year period.
Are these figures still exceptionally high despite the significant fall? Even though crimes of this nature may have dropped, gang crime and culture is still a major issue in the inner city wards of Birmingham. The council has received a significant amount of funding to combat gun and knife crimes and their efforts seems to have helped to reduce the figures. Youth and community engagement is the key to this and needs to be continued if these figures are to be reduced further.