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Video games incite knife crime in youths, says NSW police commissioner

Commissioner's denounces violent video games, linking them to several recent stabbings involving teens

By PoliceOne Staff

Knife crime is up among young people due to video games that condone violence, New South Wales Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione said Sunday.

Scipione told the Daily Telegraph that acting out murder, rape and theft on computer and TV screens desensitizes users and rewards them for violent behavior.

Commenting on the heels of several stabbings involving teens over the past month, Scipione said he believes there is "nothing more potentially damaging than the sort of violence they're being exposed to, be it in movies, be it in console games they're playing."

He said that although the vast majority go unaffected, all it takes is one or two people who strive to act out the games for damage to be done.

"You've got some potentially really disturbed young person out there who's got access to weapons like knives or is good with the fist, can go out there and almost live that life now in the streets of modern Australia," Scipione said. "That's concerning."

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