Stabbings every day but does anyone want to stop Sydney' knife crime epidemic

Knife held in hand

Knife held in hand

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by StreetCorner
18/01/2012

Stabbing is now a regular occurrence on Sydney's streets, so much so that many stabbing go unreported, becoming as common place as domestic violence which the media rarely covers unless someone high profile is involved.

However, this summer stabbings, like drive-by shootings seem to have risen, or perhaps in the slow news weeks of early January more press has been given to them.

The NSW Crime Commission has been called in by the Police Minister to investigate drive-by shootings and bring to justice those responsible but no just urgency is being applied to stop the rash of stabbings, despite far more people being seriously injured by knife crime than drive by shootings.

Thus far, no one has been seriously injured in a drive by shooting but every day, severe physical & mental injuries are being sustained by the mainly male victims of stabbings.

Drive by shootings have to stop, of that there is no doubt but knife crime is a far bigger problem in Sydney and no one seems to be leading the charge to stop the epidemic of stabbing.

Perhaps media is to blame, if we published gory pictures of the bloodied wounds and detailed the lives destroyed every day, then maybe the public would demand action.

The two men arrested yesterday over a stabbing in Telopea, were charged over an incident were a man was stabbed eight times and sustained wounds to his neck. The man was attacked outside a shopping s on Stuart Street by a group of men at around 11pm Tuesday 17 January 2012.

This kind of crime is as brazen as a drive by shooting, many times more common, and unlike drive by shooting where there is a risk of injury, injury and possibly death is a certainty in violent stabbing attacks like this.

Some stabbings are certainly related to criminal networks but just as often, the victim is a stranger to the attacker. Across my desk come hundreds of reports of men taken to hospital with serious knife wounds to their backs, heads and lungs, after a verbal exchange with a group of men ended in knives being pulled were only fists would have once been used.

Streetcorner would like to know if you view knife crime as a serious problem in Sydney?

Do you think our politicians and media take knife crime seriously?

What can be done to reduce the number of stabbings on Sydney's streets?

The power to stop local crime starts with community action.

You can start having your voice heard by sharing your views on local crime on Streetcorner, Sydney's community voice. Comment on articles or publish your concerns on what is happening in your suburb direct to the site and let others know what it going on where you live.

Change happens if will all stand up and take small steps together to make our communities stronger and let our elected representatives know about the issues affecting our communities.

Streetcorner, Sydney's Community Voice


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