by Soeren Kern • June 6, 2017 at 5:00 am
- Not only are knife-related crimes surging, but the perpetrators and victims of such crimes are increasingly younger and increasingly female.
- Germany’s knife-crime problem is being exacerbated by its lenient judicial system, in which offenders receive relatively light sentences, even for serious crimes. In many instances, individuals who are arrested for knife-related crimes are released after questioning from police. This practice allows criminal suspects to continue committing crimes with virtual impunity.
- More than 1,600 knife-related crimes were reported in Germany during just the first five months of 2017 — an average of 300 such crimes each month, or ten a day.