of Ealing Borough have handed 28 unwanted and illegal knives to police
in the first seven weeks of Operation Blunt. The unwanted / illegal
knives handed in included a large machete, a meat cleaver, some hunting
knives and a bayonet.
On Tuesday 27th September 2005, Knife Surrender Bins were placed at
Ealing and Southall police stations, which offered residents a secure
environment to anonymously dispose of their unwanted or illegal knives.
The Knife Surrender Bins form a key strand of a range of tactics Ealing
Borough Police has adopted under Operation Blunt to reduce the number
of knives on the streets of Ealing Borough.
Other tactics, which have been adopted by the Ealing Borough police,
are a �Bin a Knife not a Life� poster campaign, proactive high visibility
policing operations in our town centres, the use of portable metal
detectors in planned operations and a crime prevention education programme
through the Safer Schools initiative.
Officers also plan to carry test out test purchases on retailers in
the near future.
It is hoped this campaign will assist in reducing the level of knife
enabled crime and reduce the routine carrying or possession of knives,
which carries a maximum sentence of 2 years in prison.
This campaign is dual purpose. The police hope to arrest offenders,
those who carry knives on our streets, whilst raising awareness that
carrying knives does have consequences - you can get arrested, convicted
and even hurt.
Community and Partnership Superintendent Joe Wadsworth, Ealing Borough
�As far as the knife surrender bins are concerned, we were not expecting
overflowing bins. Our first concern is to raise awareness of the damage
done by knives and to press home the message that simply carrying
a knife about your person is illegal.
We will continue to communicate widely the dangers of knives through
pro-active led operations, our poster campaign and particularly with
young people through the crime prevention education programme.
We have not given operation blunt an official end date. We believe
tackling this issue involves a sustained long-term approach to effectively
reduce the number incidents of knife-enabled crime. A combination
of these tactics will assist in reducing the number of knives on our
November 16, 2005