There has been 20% increase in the number of rapes occurred in London. But to make it worse, the UK police declared that they “don’t fully understand” what is happening. “There is something going on with sexual offending in London that we don’t fully understand” they claimed.
As the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) revealed, 7,613 rape cases were reported to the police last year till January. It has been compared by the 6,392 reported rapes in the previous year.
“It is not as simple as saying this is increased confidence,” Sir Craig Mackey, the deputy commissioner of the Metropolitan Police told the London Assembly’s police and come committee. “Of course that plays a part, and faith in the process, but there is something going on with sexual offending in London that we don’t fully understand,” he continued.
He also added that “we see the end of it but we don’t understand the causes.” Joanne McCartney, the deputy mayor of London criticized Sir Craig’s statement by saying that it was “the first time a senior officer has come to this committee and accepted that the increase in sexual violence may not just be about an increase in reporting and confidence”.
According to the Scotland Yard, most of the rape cases are done by attackers known to victims. Moreover, MOPAC’s figures indicates that the rises can be seen in different crime types, such as rubbery, knife crimes, acid attacks, and etc. The government, however, urged the elected Police and Crime Commissioners to take more money from council tax to improve the situation.