Cunobelin wrote:Of course, there are other options that could be used to demonstrate this point. This is one... the Stab vest, and the much publicised knife crime agenda.
Firstly the emotive "Stab Vest saved a life":One source said: The body armour he was wearing saved his life. Each time the blade hit him, the stab-proof vest cushioned the full force. Even with the armour on, the point of the blade pierced through the protective clothing and nicked PC Marshall's skin. I'm sure he's just glad he's alive.
A police spokesman added: Officers know the importance of wearing these special vests and, in this case, it has probably saved PC Marshall's life.
Then we have the video supporting their use and how you can protect yourself from knife crime:
However, will we be seeing a sudden rush on these vests?
Is someone being stabbed without one, Darwinism in action?
Are people responsible for protecting themselves from knives?
Given the rate of knife crime, compared to the number of cyclist deaths in RTCs, promotion of stab vests seems an excellent idea.
There were 43,516 knife crime offences in the 12 months ending March 2019.
This is an 80% increase from the low-point in the year ending March 2014, when there were 23,945 offences, and is the highest number since comparable data was compiled.
These statistics do not include those from Greater Manchester Police because of data recording issues.
Out of the 44 police forces, 43 recorded a rise in knife crime since 2011...
The number of knife-related homicides went from 272 in 2007 to 186 in 2015. Since then it's risen every year, with a steep increase in 2017-18, when there were 285 killings, the highest figure since 1946.
Think of the lives that could be saved. And the crime that would be prevented!