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Knife crime offences since 2020 to date (FOI)

Knife crime offences since 2020 to date (FOI)

Produced by the Freedom of Information office
Authored by Government of Jersey and published on 19 December 2023.
Prepared internally, no external costs.


Please provide a breakdown of offences where the use or possession of a knife or bladed instrument was reported and recorded as a crime for the period from 2020 to date. 


For each year, please provide age group and sex of the suspect.


For the same period, please confirm the number of occasions when a knife or bladed instrument was reported to the States of Jersey Police.


The responses to all questions cover the period of 1 January 2019 to 11 November 2023. 


Years​Crime TypeCount of Crimes​
2019Grave and criminal assault23

Common assault17
Possession of offensive weapon
Rape of a female1
Cruelty/neglect of children (Art. 9 Children's [Jersey] Law)1
2019 Total44
2020Grave and criminal assault24
Common assault11
Possession of offensive weapon4
Rape of a female2
Firearms Law offences1
2020 Total42
2021Common assault13
Grave and criminal assault12​
Possession of offensive weapon3
Sexual touching of female without consent1
Rape of a female1
Assault on Police Officer1
Attempted murder1
2021 Total​32
2022Common assault23

Grave and criminal assault
Possession of offensive weapon2
Indecent assault on male1
Attempted murder1
2022 Total41
2023Common assault18
Grave and criminal assault10
Domestic Abuse Law2
Rape of a female1
Rape of a male1
Firearms Law offences1
Possession of offensive weapon1
2023 Year to Date Total25
Total number of Offences180


Please see Tables 2 and 3 of the attached document.  


NOTE: The number of suspects may differ from the number of recorded crimes because there may be multiple suspects in one crime, and/or the same offender may commit multiple crimes.


NOTE: Interpretation of the below figures should factor in the methodology used to obtain them. Key words were used to search the log text of reported incidents, these key words included ‘knife’, ’blade’, ‘stab’ etc and permutations (i.e., plurals). Therefore, caution should be applied to interpretation. Based on closing codes of incidents, approximately 20-24% in any year of the below incidents are finalised as ‘crime related’. A proportion of these crime related incidents are then recorded as a crime, appearing in table 1 above. A further 64-70% of the below incidents in any year are ‘public safety/welfare’ related, which includes mental health and self-harm.

YearRecorded Incident Logs​
2023 Year to Date328

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