There are many misconceptions about knife crime – some of which you can see on this page - and it’s important to remember that the vast majority of people don’t carry knives or get involved with knife crime.
We’re working hard with our partner agencies and the communities within Northamptonshire to prevent knife crime from happening in the first place and to tackle those that do get involved with knife crime.
It’s just not worth it!
The idea that carrying a knife for protection is not a good one. It could end up being used against you potentially causing you a serious injury or even death and you could end up doing the same to someone else. If you don't carry a knife these things can't happen in the first place and you, and those around you, are safer.
Even carrying a knife in a public place can result in a maximum prison sentence of four years, depending on the circumstances, and there is a minimum sentence of six months if you are found carrying one on more than one occasion. Getting a criminal record can affect the rest of your life, from job prospects to travelling to certain countries.
People who use a knife to injure someone face long prison sentences - ultimately life sentences for murder and for some serious assault offences. Also, people who are present when someone is injured or killed with a knife by someone else can be prosecuted and potentially be sent to prison for murder - this is called 'joint enterprise'.
What is knife crime?
Knife crime is any crime which involves a knife whether it is used or not and some examples include:
Carrying a knife
Threatening someone with a knife
Intending to hurt someone with a knife
Using a knife to injure or kill someone
Thieves carrying knives during a robbery or burglary
The involvement of a knife or knives in gang-related offences
Someone under 18 trying to buy a knife
If you are worried about someone you know carrying a knife, want to talk to someone about knife crime or ask advice please call 101 - always call 999 in an emergency such as when a crime is in progress and/or someone is in immediate danger.