According to the BBC, the violent crime (specifically murder) rate in London has now allegedly overtaken that of New York.
‘A spike in violent crime in London saw more murders committed in the city in February and March than there were in New York, figures show.
So far in 2018, the Met Police has investigated 46 murders, compared with 50 in the US city.
But, while New York’s murder rate decreased from the end of January, London’s rose markedly from that point.
Ex-Met Police Ch Supt Leroy Logan says it is proof that “London’s violent traits have become a virus”.
Statistics from the New York Police Department (NYPD) and the Metropolitan Police, reported in the Sunday Times and obtained by the BBC, highlight narrowing murder rates between the two cities, which have similar population sizes.’
A number of reasons have been given for this by the mass media, and in the Guardian, one of those reasons, according to Britain’s most senior police officer Cressida Dick, is that social media is the reason why knife crime, particularly among children is soaring.
‘Britain’s most senior police officer has blamed social media for the soaring rate of knife crime in the UK, particularly among children.
After 13 Londoners were killed in two weeks this month, Met police commissioner Cressida Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were partially to blame for the bloodshed.
Speaking to the Times, Dick said trivial disputes could escalate into violence “within minutes” when rivals set out to goad each other on the internet.
“There’s definitely something about the impact of social media in terms of people being able to go from slightly angry with each other to ‘fight’ very quickly,” she said. She said that insults or threats online “makes [violence] faster, it makes it harder for people to cool down. I’m sure it does rev people up”.’
The Met chief also appeared to want to drive home the point, that the way in which young people in Britain, many with no previous criminal history, who then go out and stab somebody, can be compared to the way that some ‘Islamic extremists’ can become ‘radicalised’.
Which, and you may agree, is a strange and rather disturbing comparison to make, and one which effectively highlights how out of touch the establishment really are.
In one respect, the media and the police are partly correct when they claim that Social media plays a role in this epidemic, but are totally wrong to associate it with ‘radicalisation’ and is a precursor to any future acts of Islamic terrorism.
The establishment are desperate to clamp down on ordinary people who use social media as a means of communication and to access alternatives to the establishment narrative …. the recent closing down of accounts that are perceived as belonging to ‘right-wing extremists have shown this to be the case – and further restrictions are undoubtedly being planned.
By targeting social media in this way, the establishment are reinforcing their worldview that any methods being implemented to connect people all around the world, in a free and unregulated manner, is dangerous, and therefore must be controlled.
However, putting that aspect aside, is there another explanation, is there a much simpler reason why we are seeing such an increase in this type of crime?
What if many of these acts of completely random violence are seen as a type of ‘game’ albeit a very dark, sick and destructive one, and a game in which ‘points’ or ‘scores’ are collected, depending on the degree of seriousness of the acts of anti-social behaviour that are carried out?
Criminal acts such as Theft, Burglary, Street Robbery and Stabbing as many people as possible are all graded and points are awarded to the perpetrators, and then shared amongst themselves and on social media to enhance their standing among their peers.
The following YouTube video, uploaded by Chris Preddie OBE looks at this practice, and in the absence of any other credible explanation, I think it makes the most sense.
Well as much sense as can be made of any of these completely pointless acts of wanton and random violence, and mindless anti-social behaviour that is.