Cardiff Knife Crime Rises 50% Since 2014
The number of child knife crime offenders in Cardiff has jumped from just eight in 2014/15 to 28 in 2019/20, including five who were under the age of 12.
Knife crime in Cardiff rose from 152 to 231 offences annually between 2014/15 and 2019/20120.
In 2014/15, 152 incidents were recorded, a figure which increased to its highest level in 2018/19 with 295 incidents.
2019/2020 showed a reduction in numbers from 2018, at 231 incidents, lower than both the peak in 2018/19 and 2017/18, which had 265 incidents.
The findings were made by media literacy charity The Student View, following submission of a Freedom of Information request to South Wales Police. Knife-related crimes are categorised by the police as Violence Against The Person, Sexual Offences, Robbery, Burglary, Theft & Handling or Damage.
2017/18 saw nine sexual offences, as opposed to 2014/15, which had just one. Robberies almost doubled from 2014/15 to 2019/20, from 32 to 62 incidents.
The number of child offenders, on the other hand, has risen. In 2014/15, one 11-year-old, two 14-year-olds, one 16-year-old and four 17-year-olds committed knife crimes, a total of eight child offenders.
By comparison, in 2019/20, two children aged nine and 10 were arrested. Three 11-year-olds, one 12-year-old and eight 13-year-olds were arrested. A further two 14-year-olds, four 15-year-olds, and eight children of 16 and 17 were arrested. The total of 28 children is a rise of 250% from 2014/15 and the highest total in the last five years. It’s not clear what happened to the nine-year-old, as they were below the age of criminal responsibility.
South Wales Police said: “Tackling knife crime is an absolute priority for South Wales Police and we will never be complacent about the issue.