Murder rate in gun-restrictive London passes NYC for first time

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According to Yahoo News, 15 people were murdered in London in February compares to 14 in America's largest city.

London's murder rate overtook NY for the first time in history.

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Amid a spate of knifings, London's monthly murder rate has surpassed New York City's for the first time since consistent records have been kept.

According to Eric Monkkonen, a researcher at the University of California, since 1800 London has had a murder rate per person of between half and a 20th of New York's (pdf). In other words, the correlation of number of guns to increases in murders hasn't happened in the US, if anything the argument can be made that an overall increase in gun ownership has led to a drop in violent crime.

Since 2014, the number of homicides in the British capital has risen by 38%, and throughout the countries of Wales and England the number of violent crimes has increased by 12% from 2011 through 2017.

Sky News has identified 45 murders in the capital since the start of the year.

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In the early 1990s, the New York Police Department (NYPD) rolled out its zero-tolerance approach to crime, deploying a significant number of police officers and conducting numerous preventative actions in high-crime areas to stomp out lawlessness, thereby improving the overall security environment in the city.

City Hall said it is "deeply concerned" but insists London "remains one of the safest [cities] in the world".

In 2016, only 335 murders occurred.

"Murder figures in NY were never as high as they were a generation ago, they were off the charts no matter how you figure", crime and police historian Thomas Reppetto told am NY. Why is London seeing such an increase while NY has seen a significant decrease?

Since 2014, there has been a 38 per cent increase in killings in London, while in NY they have fallen by 87 per cent since a peak in the 1990s.

Unlike the United States, most murders in the United Kingdom are committed with knives and other non-firearm weapons. While New York City also has strict gun laws, numerous murders there are shootings.

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