‘Streets they felt they owned’: The murder of Edmond Jonuzi

What happens when groups of people, or ‘gangs’, attempt to assert control over areas of public space such as parks or housing estates? The evidence suggests that if legitimate sources of authority (e.g. the police) do not impose themselves powerfully enough, these groups may then begin to develop their own… You must be a paid […]

The Fall in Violent Crime and Murder

The release of the ‘UK Peace Index‘ (pdf link) has again highlighted the decline in violent crime (including murder) since 2003. “This is the fastest decline in violence of any country in Europe,” the report concludes. It notes that the homicide rate (murder, manslaughter and infanticide) has halved over the last ten years to 1 […]

How safe is London?

We were recently sent an email by a worried student asking about the likelihood of being murdered in London. This is perhaps not surprising given the prominence given to reports of teenagers being stabbed to death or shot. As we’ve repeatedly demonstrated, the number of homicide cases (both murder and manslaughter) has been going down […]