Knives, guns and weapons - are you feeling unsafe?
If you are worried about knives, guns or other weapons ...
... this information aims to help you decide what to do and explains the law around weapons, so you can make informed decisions.
Worried about violence and weapons?
Violent crime is a worry for many people but it is also rare, so you're unlikely to be a victim. If you think you may be a target, there are things you can do to reduce the risk:
- avoid areas you know can be dangerous. Take precautions, such as keep to well lit areas, try not to go alone and if it's late try and use public transport to get around
- don't carry weapons yourself, you're much more likely to get hurt if you do - your weapon can be used on you
- if you think you're in danger, tell the police, go to one of the CitySafe Havens or ring Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
Been a victim of knife or gun crime and need advice?
You should report any attack, preferably to the police but if you're scared or you don't feel you can go to the police, you can contact:
- Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111
- Fearless anonymously online
- Victim Support North London for support and practical help.
Remember: carrying a gun or most knives or an object that could be used as a weapon, is illegal. So is using a weapon that is for a legal purpose, such as a chef's knife or a religious knife, in a way that harms a person or an animal.
Check out The Mix for more facts, including what is and isn't an illegal weapon and how to hand in an illegal weapon, as well about avoding being in or how to leave a gang.