Nearly 10,000 knives have been taken off the streets of Suffolk since the ‘Bin a Blade’ amnesty began in the county.
An initial year-long amnesty saw 6,125 knives left anonymously in six amnesty bins (four static, two mobile) in 2011.
Following this success the static bins, outside Ipswich, Lowestoft, Bury St Edmunds and Mildenhall Police Stations, were made permanent.
In 2012 a further 2205 blades were deposited, from the start of 2013 to July a further 1594 knives have been collected, giving a total 9,924 since the campaign began.
These knives have subsequently been shredded at Sackers Recycling in Great Blakenham.
In November 2012 the bins were re-launched with a fresh new look by anti-knife campaigner Holly Watson, former Chief Constable Simon Ash and BBC Suffolk presenter Mark Murphy.
Holly said: “I am still over-whelmed about the huge success of the permanent knife bins, I never thought that nearly 10,000 knives would come off the streets so easily.
“It goes to show that a simple but effective initiative can be so successful.
“I would still encourage anyone that is carrying a knife to think twice and bin their blades, as soon as the knives are binned they are out of circulation.
“I would also like to thank Suffolk Constabulary, BBC Radio Suffolk’s Mark Murphy and everyone involved with the campaign, for their on-going support and help with Bin a Blade.”
Suffolk Constabulary Chief Constable Douglas Paxton said: “This is a campaign that I am excited about getting involved in and helping to continue in its success.
“Although across the county we do not have a high number of knife related crimes, it is important to remember that every blade binned makes Suffolk a safer place.
“I am impressed with the figures so far and urge anyone who carries a knife to deposit it in one of our four bins anonymously.”
A year ago a hard-hitting film was launched on Suffolk Constabulary’s YouTube channel and Bin a Blade currently features in an exhibition at the V and A Museum of Childhood.
In 2013 Suffolk Police have continued to educate young people about the dangers of carrying a knife through partnerships with Holly Watson, Crimestoppers, Ipswich Academy and the Wolsey Theatre.
As recent figures show, Suffolk continues to remain a safe county with 666 fewer reported crimes, 112 less violence with injury crimes reported in the county and increased victim satisfaction with the whole experience of being dealt with for a crime from 82.4 per cent to 87.5 per cent (all 1st April to 28th July 2012 compared to same period this year).
For more information about the campaign and to see its progress to this point visit: www.suffolk.police.uk/safetyadvice/personalsafety/knifecrime/binablade.aspx.
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