Shocked I can understand, but no call for concern So please don’t worry too much.
A few things to bear in mind are:
Weapons stashes are not a new thing
It is not only a London incentive
These activities are to stay ahead of the curve, and prevent incidents
Police have been doing these all over the country for years now.
Social media has a habit of alarming people by making otherwise unknown things, known. Ignorance is bliss (not calling you ignorant). Although once we know publicly about these things, we can play our part in making a different. 1 knife - 1 life is the way to look at it.
Really hope it does not worry you too much, and it is good to hear you are going to get stuck in and help.
If you don’t mind me asking, what area did you move from?
Yup, some of the sweeps done by the Met and other forces have uncovered some really nasty weapons. Sadly, some even found in childrens play parks , and other areas where you would really wish bladed items would be kept away from.
Seems that people who carry knives have a really warped moral compass indeed. All the more reason to get the knives off the streets.
I know this might seem an obvious thing to say, but here is food for thought.
A stashed knife if one which someone wants to know is there in case the need arises to show it or use it. Rather than those who carry knives, claiming the mindset of it makes them feel safer.
The intent of both types are very different, and stashed on removes the possibility of it being used in an opportunistic manner.
I would assume the sweep will be done “locally” , including the park area.
With regards to advertising it publicly, I know what you mean, but these things are advertised on Twitter and other social media platforms, yet still turn up weapons.
The main aim is to ensure these weapons are not laying around public areas, where they may cause harm to others. The secondary aim is to remove them from the possession of the criminal. If learning about the sweep results in these people removing their weapons from a place where a child may stumble across it, so be it.