Knife crime and gun crime
Are you involved in knife or gun crime?
If you find yourself involved in a gang or carrying a weapon, you probably feel your life is spiralling out of control, and you are constantly looking over your shoulder. But you're here looking for help and that's a good start.
You might think you'll be respected or even feared for carrying a weapon. But all it really does is put you, your friends and family in danger.
- Carrying a knife or gun is illegal.
- Carrying a knife or gun increases your risk of being injured.
- It also increases the risk of the people around you being injured, and can cause great distress and upset to your family.
- Police are allowed to stop and search someone if they believe a weapon is being carried.
- Having a criminal record could stop you gaining entry into your chosen college or university, getting a job and could place restrictions on you travelling to some countries like the United States of America.
What can you do?
Maybe you're under pressure to carry a knife or gun - you might think it'll be worse trying to get out of a gang or have it with you for protection. The truth is, it is more dangerous to keep going as you are:
- If you don't take it with you, it won't be used.
- Whilst walking away is often the hardest thing to do,it is the safest and won't get you into trouble with the police.
There is help out there. If you don't feel as though you can talk to your parents, a teacher or the police, then talk to a professional in confidence. ChildLine could be your first call on 0800 1111.
What should you do if you've already injured someone?
If you've used a weapon to injure someone you're probably feeling a mixture of different emotions: fear, guilt, anger, worry.
- You must own up. The trouble you'll be in if you're found out later could be much worse that if you do the right thing now.
- If you want to speak to the police, contact your Safer Schools Officer, your local Safer Neighbourhoods Team or go to your nearest police station. If it's an emergency call 999. Find the best way to contact us here.
- You can also call Crimestoppers charity anonymously on 0800 555 111. (You do not need to give your name and your call will not be traced).