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04 April 2018

For the "first time in modern history", London had more murders in February than New York City did, according to The Times.

The Sunday Times reports that Federal Bureau of Investigation data and crime studies show that since 1800, London has typically had a murder rate per person of between half and a 20th of New York's.

There's no denying London is in the midst of a wave of knife crime which, in 2016, was the most popular method of murder at 39 percent, with hitting or kicking covering 18 percent.

While New York City is considered the city that never sleeps, it's also got a track record for being a bit unsafe - which is why the Big Apple made headlines around the world in 2012 when the city's police department recorded zero violent crimes in a 24-hour period. For March, 22 murders were investigated in London, with 21 reports in NY.

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Overall totals so far this year still has NY as the deadlier city with 50 murders, compared to 46 in London.

A 17-year-old girl has been shot dead in London shortly before another shooting in the capital which has left a 16-year-old boy fighting for his life.

Unlike the United States, most murders in the United Kingdom are committed with knives and other non-firearm weapons.

So far in 2018, the MPS has registered 46 cases of violent deaths in the British capital.

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"New York has been able to bring down serious violence through a public health approach", she said.

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Cressida Dick said websites and mobile phone applications such as YouTube, Snapchat and Instagram were partially to blame for the bloodshed, the Evening Standard reports.

The Ben Kinsella Trust, an anti-knife crime charity named after a young victim, said social media amplified a range of other factors that have contributed to the crisis. "It's looking like it'll be worse that last year, which was worse than the year before", he told Reuters.

"Going in at the source means major intervention work with youth workers, inoculating means going into schools, changing social norms, educating kids, teaching them what it is to be a man, teaching them how they don't need to carry knives", she added.

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Teenage girl dies in mother's arms after London shooting