The number of rapes in London has increased by 20% in one year. The police claim “not to understand” the phenomenon.
Scotland Yard figures that were reported on February 23 by The Independent indicate that cases of rape have increased significantly in 2017, up 20% from 2016. Between January 2017 and January 2018, there were 7,613 reported cases of rape, as opposed to 6,392 the previous year. Scotland Yard, however, admits dismay in identifying the causes of the problem.
Figures from the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) have shown a startling rise in several other types of crime during 2017 as well, a year which saw 80 people stabbed to death amid growing concerns about acid attacks and robberies in the capital.
Homicide increased by a third to 137 murders. Stabbings were up more than a quarter to more than 14,500 incidents, which saw 2,000 victims under the age of 25 injured.
“Something is happening that we do not fully understand in London. We see the effects, but we do not understand the causes,” said Joanne McCartney, the Deputy Mayor of London.