Young people – knife crime
Carrying a knife for ‘protection’
Some young people feel they need to carry a weapon to protect themselves from gangs even if they have no intention of ever using it. However, statistics show that far from giving protection, by carrying a knife you are much more likely to be stabbed yourself
Watch this video on the consequences of carrying a knife
Nothing kills a future like a knife
If you carry a knife you are putting your life and your future in danger. Carrying a weapon to protect yourself is still a crime and can carry a prison sentence of up to four years even if you don’t use it.
It is illegal to:
- carry a knife
- threaten someone with a knife
- commit a crime with the use of a weapon – like a robbery
- commit a crime by pretending you have a real knife.
Worried about gang culture or knife crime?
- contact a counsellor in confidence at Childline or call 0800 1111 at any time
- speak to an adult you trust like a parent, youth worker or other family member
- get in touch with Gangsline
- report non-urgent crime anonymously (remember: if you or someone you know is in serious danger, you should dial 999 for urgent help).