MORE THAN 2,000 knives, machetes and guns have been handed over across the West Midlands in the past six months.
The weapons were handed in to 20 safe and secure containers, provided by the West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner, Simon Foster, by members of the public and have now been removed and will be destroyed.
The weapon bins have been placed across the West Midlands to provide somewhere for people to anonymously dispose of unwanted or illegal blades.
Mr Foster, said: “I’m very grateful to the public for using these weapon surrender bins as every dangerous item deposited into them is potentially a life saved.
“It’s staggering to think that in just six months we’ve removed more than 2,000 knives and other weapons from our streets.
“I’m also committed to continually investing in other preventative programmes, via the Violence Reduction Unit, that are designed to stop violence in its tracks.
“What’s more West Midlands Police works around the clock to prevent crime, protect people, help the vulnerable and ensure offenders are brought to justice.”
Knife crime has more than doubled in the West Midlands since 2012.
The weapon bins are one of the many measures that the PCC and West Midlands Police have in place to prevent and tackle knife crime in the area.
The PCC has also invested in a range of measures designed to reduce knife crime, including a programme in schools and youth centres which has so far educated more than 50,000 young people on the dangers of knives.