In 6 months alone over 500 knife attacks were recorded in his state. According to Herbert Reul (CDU), North Rhine-Westphalia's (NRW) Minister of the Interior, knives should be banned as far as possible in the German federal state.
Reul blamed migrant knife attacks on Germans not being “sensitive” enough. He suggested that victims of such attacks had not been careful enough.
His statement has caused controversy after he reacted to reports of increased knife crime amongst migrants by telling German citizens to not “let people get close to you”.
Knife crime is surging in Germany, having increased by around 1200 percent in the last ten years. Official figures on the link between migrants and knife crime remain largely hidden however, even though a German Federal Ministry for Family Affairs study revealed that there was a correlation between a surge in violent crime and the arrival of migrants, with migrants being over represented in crime statistics.
For the first time this weekend, there will be a weapons ban at Dortmund’s main station due to increasing violence.
“Wherever you can, you should ban the use of knives,” Reul told the Rheinische Post. “We already have more than ten incidents with knives every day in NRW.”
As from 2019, violence with knives will be recorded statistically. So far, crime statistics with stabbing weapons – as opposed to firearms – have not been recorded separately in federally coordinated crime statistics, hiding the problem.
Because of increasing problems on the weekends, alarm pistols, knives of all kinds, as well as blow, shock and puncture weapons will be prohibited. The Federal Police has complained about increasing violence at the railway stations.
“There used to be a fist, today it’s the knife that gets taken out,” Reul said. “And that even in the schoolyard.”
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