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Surrey Police in New Nation-Wide Week of Action on Knife Crime

Published on: 9 Nov, 2020
Updated on: 9 Nov, 2020

Knife crime in the UK continues to increase. Source ONS

Starting November 9, Surrey Police will again support a national week-long operation in the ongoing fight to tackle knife crime.

Although that type of crime is low in Surrey, the almost-daily impact nationally is devastating, which is why the force is in the campaign.

The operation aims to highlight the risks carrying a bladed weapon can bring, as well as targeting offenders who carry and use knives.

During Op Sceptre, Surrey Police and partners will start targeted, high-visibility patrols and knife amnesties, complementing work that goes on around the clock.

The message to those who carry a knife, or are thinking of it, is to “See The Bigger Picture”. A knife does not protect. It only adds to your vulnerability, placing you in dangerous situations, and risking serious harm.

The legal consequences of being found in possession of one can be life-changing. Knives destroy lives, affecting you and the people you treasure most around you.

If you’re a parent, teacher or role model, you can help influence those who carry knives to see the bigger picture and encourage them to think about their decisions before it’s too late.

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Op Sceptre will be different this year. Despite the national lockdown, officers will use social media to promote and support the campaign, showing the devastating consequences of carrying a knife, the impact it has on lives, and promoting the support services available.

Surrey Police Tweet to publicise Op Sceptre

Detective Superintendent Mark Chapman, The force lead on serious violence, said: “We have a pivotal role in safeguarding our communities. Preventing the carrying and use of knives in our county is a key element to tackling serious violence.

“Carrying a knife doesn’t help keep you safe. It more often can raise the risk of harm. We hope this week of operation can raise awareness of the dangers and consequences of carrying knives”

If you know someone who is carrying a knife and worried someone will get hurt, you can tell us what you know by calling 101. If you’d prefer not to speak to police, you can give information to the independent charity 100% anonymously.

You can fill out a form here and no-one will know you have sent this information because you don’t have to give your name or any personal details.

If you or someone you know wants to take the next step and join the millions of people living knife-free, help and support is available here. Parents, teachers and role models have a big influence on our young people and you can help them see the bigger picture, simply giving time and listening

If you are in danger or need immediate help, always call 999.

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