A report published last week lays bare the shocking numbers – crimes resulting in charges sat at 11%, with the percentage falling two points in just a year to 9%; down from 15% in 2015.
Since March of this year and the 12 months before, only 443,000 crimes out of 4.6 million recorded resulted in charges.
Notably, the number of recorded crimes rose by 11% to 5.5 million offenses – the highest level in over a decade.
Earlier this year, the homicide rate in London overtook New York City – with knife attacks rising by more than 30%. Although crime rates are surging in the U.K.,officer numbers in London have hit a record low.
As it stands, fewer than 1 in 10 of recorded crimes result in a charge, doing little to abate fear that England is undergoing an epidemic of violent crime.