All my life we’ve assumed that US cities have vastly more violent crime than those in other developed countries. But things are changing as crime rises in places you never would have thought.
London, previously famous for its unarmed bobbies, has seen 50 murders so far this year. It only had 116 all last year. London has seen more murders than New York City in the last two months, which is stunning.
New York is, of course, vastly safer than it used to be. But London is seeing a surge in crime.
London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been a darling of the urbanist media, but he’s failing in his first duty of public safety. By contrast, you have to give Bill de Blasio credit for keeping violent crime in NYC low, especially during the last several years when a number of US cities saw crime spike.
This may prove to be a short term phenomenon. Let’s hope so. But it’s certainly time for Khan to step it up and demonstrate leadership on this critical issue.