Make Shoebury & Southend safe; increase police to tackle escalating knife crime
We need more police walking our streets day & night to prevent knife crime.
My 19-year-old & his friend were attacked last month. Three men pushed them to the ground and pulled a knife on them. This is not isolated. In Jan & Feb there were 23 reports involving possession of a weapon in the borough according to police statistics.
In a local population of 180k, there was an estimated 2 reported knife crimes a week last year, an 84% increase since 2010/11 (55 reported instances per 100,000 population in Essex 2016/17).
Police statistics show that already in the borough there have been 23 reported incidents involving possession of a weapon in January & February.
Over an 8-week period, that’s nearly three reported attacks a week already this year.
This has to stop. Crime in Shoebury and Southend is on the increase and needs to be addressed NOW. The government has made far too many cuts to our police force which has left our streets unsafe.
What can you do?
You, your family and your friends can help to make our borough safer. Get your voices heard in just a click and tell everyone you know how to support this life-saving petition.
We need to keep Shoebury and Southend safe for all residents by increasing police numbers patrolling our streets and tackle escalating knife crime.
Let’s stop knife crime. Together. Now.
Source of Facts
- Police.UK crime map, accessed 2 April 2018: https://www.police.uk/essex/85/crime/2017-02/possession-of-weapons/+x9Kypy/
- Southend-on-Sea Borough Council population statistics via Office of National Statistics, accessed 2 April 2018: https://www.nomisweb.co.uk/reports/lmp/la/1946157203/report.aspx#tabrespop
- UK Parliament knife crime statistics, published Friday, March 16, 2018: http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/SN04304