The recent series of stabbings culminated in a young woman passing away from her knife wounds on Tuesday. However, the police has denied the implication that Luxembourg is experiencing a spike in knife crimes.
The first incident in the recent series of stabbings occurred on Sunday 15 July, as a fight outside a cafe in Esch escalated and a man was stabbed in the back.
The following Wednesday a further incident occurred: two drunk men stabbed and slashed at an acquaintance's neck with a knife.
On 19 July an argument in Luxembourg City also escalated as one of the men attacked the other with a knife.
The incident on Tuesday 24 July was fatal: a couple involved in a heated argument got out of had and the man subsequently set about his girlfriend with a knife. Due the severity of her wounds the woman died at the scene.
The increased frequency of these stabbings, and indeed the short time frame in which these incidents occurred, led journalists at RTL to question whether there has been a spike in knife crime.
Looking back through our archives, RTL's journalists note that it has indeed been a rarity for a spate of people to be injured by stabbings in such a short space of time.
As a result, RTL decided to ask both the police and the public prosecutor's office how they are interpreting the events.
'Wave of Stabbings'
The public prosecutor's office's representative spoke of a type of 'wave of stabbings' which occur every so often.
As a result, they stated that this is not a rise in criminal activity. Upon further questioning about three out of four of these stabbings occurring in border regions, the representative explained that there is not enough data to suggest particular hot spots for knife crime.
The Grand Duchy's police service pointed to common factors in many of the incidents: in most of the cases, the perpetrator was under the influence of alcohol. The representative also explained that the high temperatures affect alcohol tolerance as well.
Further incidents are related to other criminal activities, such as drug use. There is always a related context, such as an argument in a relationship. Both the public prosecutor's office and the police stressed that those injured in most of the incidents are not random bystanders.
The police also pointed out that young people in a certain environment are experiencing lower and lower inhibition thresholds. The representative also explained that socio-cultural backgrounds can demonstrate that certain people have a different relationship to banned weapons.
The police also confirmed that there is no heightened trend of violence despite the recent prominence of knife crimes. The police's statistics from the first half of the year suggest these are still isolated incidents.
Finally, the police's representative pointed out that the perpetrator has been caught soon after the incident in most cases.