This week sees the start of a national campaign to tackle knife crime and highlight the risks of carrying a knife.
Op Sceptre is a countrywide operation, led by the Metropolitan Police, and aims to reduce the number of people, especially young people, who carry a weapon.
Knife crime in Surrey is low, however carrying a blade is still a reality for some people, many of who are unaware of the repercussions. Get caught with a knife and you could face a prison sentence of up to five years - that's just for possessing a knife in a public place. If you hurt someone there will be other charges to answer and you could go to prison for longer.
Encouraging you to #BintheBlade, amnesty bins will be located in Reigate, Guildford, Woking and Staines police station, where you can dispose of any bladed weapons safely and without fear of prosecution. We will also be carrying out hotspot patrols and arresting outstanding offenders.
Social media will also be used to share hard hitting facts around knife crime, follow #KnivesCostsLives and #OpSceptre.
Temporary Chief Inspector Michael Hodder said:
“Knife crime can have devastating consequences. Carrying knives or other weapons does not keep you safe. By carrying a knife you are putting yourself and others in much greater danger, and are more likely to become involved in a violent situation. It’s never acceptable for a person to carry a knife or other weapon.
“The police often caution first time offenders for other types of offences but if anyone is involved in an incident where they’re carrying a knife and fear is caused or there is a degree of danger, the premeditated possession of a knife means they are much more likely to be charged. It’s just not worth the risk.
"Taking part in Op Sceptre is part of our ongoing commitment to disrupt criminal activity and take as many knives off our streets as possible.”
Surrey Police and Crime Commissioner David Munro added: “We have all seen the devastating effect knife crime can have on people’s lives and we must do everything we can to help take such deadly weapons off our streets.
“Whilst knife crime is thankfully relatively low in Surrey, we know that young people do sometimes carry these weapons as a form of protection. The message has to get across that this is an extremely dangerous practice which poses a serious danger to themselves and others.
“I fully support the proposed changes to tighten the law in this country by introducing age restrictions on the buying of knives and I hope this campaign continues to help raise awareness, particularly amongst young people, that carrying such weapons can have the most serious of consequences.”
Knife amnesty bins are located in the front offices of police stations across the county, and give people the opportunity to dispose of knives and blades safely.
Anyone with information on knife crime should call 101 or report online. In an emergency always dial 999.