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In 2012, a weapon was used against the victim in the majority of murder and attempted murder offences (68% or 173 offences and 77% or 123 offences respectively). This is in contrast to sexual assault (96% or 17,475 offences) and kidnapping/abduction (84% or 537 offences) in which no weapon was used in the majority of offences. No weapon was used in just over half (52% or 6,878 offences) of robbery offences.
When a weapon was used committing a murder, a knife (29% or 73 offences) was the weapon used more often than a firearm (17% or 44 offences). Conversely, a firearm (35% or 55 offences) was used in committing attempted murder offences more often than a knife (29% or 46 offences).
Footnote(s): (a) The definition of a victim varies according to the category of offence. Includes all victim types. (b) Western Australia sexual assault figures may be understated (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 73). (c) Counts for New South Wales may be slightly inflated (see Explanatory Notes paragraph 59).