Age Verification on Knives
High Demand for Age Verification on Knives
The recent spate of fatal stabbings in London has focused attention on the rapid rise in the growth of knife crime over the past 18 months. 2017 figures released by the Office of National Statistics shows that the use of knives to kill or maim has risen sharply by 21%. There have been 35 murders using knives reported in London in the first 3 months of 2018; these are the highest figures in 6 years, demonstrating a 23% increase when compared to last year. Governmental concerns were raised in 2017 about the online sales of knives to children as young as 13. As a consequence, the UK Home Secretary, Amber Rudd has introduced the requirement that ID checks on knives bought online should be twofold:
1. Age verification should be carried out at point of sales.
2. All purchases should be collected in person.
Effective Age Verification on Knives
As the law currently stands, it is illegal for online retailers to sell knives to anyone under the age of 18. Anyone caught engaging in illegal knife sales faces a fine of up to £5,000 fine or a 6 month jail sentence. Most online knife retailers understand the problems the industry faces and do all they can to carry out ID checks on knives, but there are still too many instances where the age verification checks are not carried out, or are flouted by the use of false identities.
Streamlined Age Verification on Knives
Finding an easy, streamlined process for effective ID checks for knives bought online is in all our interests. AgeChecked provides online retailers with a simple process that allows buyers to prove that that are above the legal age required to buy the product. The first time they purchase from the site, buyers are asked to provide proof of their age from a range of options. Once their age has been verified, an account is set up for them and future purchases do not require further verifications. This forms part of a 2-step verification process whereby age-checking at the point of sales is step one, and collecting the purchase in person is step two.