‘Knife crime’ is, in common usage, the act of threatening , injuring or killing someone with a knife.
‘Car crime’ is, in common usage, the act of
threatening , injuring or killing someone with a car stealing a car.
The driver in this video – from Gaz545, aka Croydon Cyclist – threatens, and comes within inches of seriously injuring, a cyclist with his car. But this kind of behaviour is never referred to as ‘car crime’, even though the driver in question is using his car as a weapon in the very much the same way that a knife would be used as a weapon in ‘knife crime’.
To me, the answer lies in the fact that a car is not really considered to be a potentially offensive weapon, even though in the wrong hands (as shown in this video) it can be capable of just as much threat, and possible injury, as a knife. There seems to be a curious disconnect in operation, one that prevents us from seeing the car as something that can be deeply threatening. Instead the car is purely a means of transport that can, on occasion, be operated ‘dangerously’.
I’m not quite sure what offence the driver in this video could be charged with (dangerous driving?) – but I am certain it would be nowhere near as serious as the charge he would be facing if he had waved a knife at a stranger on the street.
That tells me that something is seriously wrong.
Thanks to Joe Dunckley for providing the food for thought behind this post.