In recent years, there has been growing concern over knife carrying and associated knife crime, in Scotland and elsewhere. Despite this increased concern, there is a lack of robust, shared knowledge on ‘what works’ in reducing knife carrying and knife crime. In light of this information dearth, a report was commissioned by the Scottish Government from the Scottish Centre for Crime Justice.

The report 206 KB 20 pages

The source, The Scottish Centre for Crime Justice

A review, Education key to reducing violent knife crime
"While custodial sentences are useful in sending out a message to young people who carry knives to acquire status, their function should not be overstated since they may not have a meaningful deterrent effect on those who carry a knife out of fear."