1384.6 - Statistics - Tasmania, 2005  
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Contents >> Crime and Justice >> Weapon use

A weapon is defined as any object used to cause injury or fear of injury. It also includes imitation weapons and implied weapons (e.g. where a weapon is not seen by the victim but the offender claims to possess one). Parts of the body such as fists or feet are not included.


VICTIMS OF REPORTED CRIME(a), By Use of Weapon in Commission of Offence, Tasmania - 2002

Weapon used
Firearm
Knife
Syringe
Other
weapon
Total(b)
No weapon
used
Total
victims
Total
victims

Offence category

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

no.

Murder
14.3
28.6
-
14.3
57.1
42.9
100.0
7
Attempted murder
-
-
-
66.7
66.7
33.3
100.0
3
Assault
1.3
4.0
-
11.5
17.0
83.0
100.0
3,633
Sexual assault
0.4
-
-
2.5
2.9
97.1
100.0
240
Kidnapping/abduction
-
-
-
12.5
12.5
87.5
100.0
8
Robbery
3.7
22.8
-
10.3
37.5
62.5
100.0
136

- nil or rounded to zero
(a) Victims of armed robbery refers to individual persons or organisations. All other offence categories used in this table refer to individual persons.
(b) Includes data where a weapon was used but was not further defined.

Source: Data Cube from Recorded Crime, Australia (cat. no. 4510.0).


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